Liam Fox’s department u-turns on Brexit trade deal pledge

Liam Fox’s department u-turns on Brexit trade deal pledge

For remaining European Union members, Mr Bettel says the ongoing uncertainty in London "puts us in a position where we don't know what is likely to happen tomorrow".

Justice Minister Rory Stewart told the BBC that differences between the two parties aren't as great as some suggest, but said the Conservative government can't accept Mr Corbyn's customs union demand because it would prevent Britain from negotiating trade deals with other countries.

She said it was possible to pass bills "quite quickly" with "goodwill" from the Commons and Lords, but added: "It's just not possible to say how quickly it could be done, but obviously it depends on the way in which there is adequate debate on the meaningful vote and that's what the Prime Minister is determined to do".

Mrs May sparked the furore by penning a letter to Mr Corbyn (pictured inset bottom) saying his call for the United Kingdom to stay in a customs union would hamper free trade deals - but stopped short of ruling it out.

Liam Fox, the global trade secretary, who signed the Swiss accord in Berne on Monday with a Swiss federal councillor, Guy Parmelin, said the deal was of "huge economic importance" to Britain and would benefit 15,000 United Kingdom exporters.

LEADING Brexiteers have condemned Jeremy Corbyn's proposals for a permanent customs union as a "dangerous delusion" that could leave Britain a colony of the EU.

European Union leaders have turned down Mrs May's plea to renegotiate parts of the legally binding Brexit withdrawal bill, making the no-deal outcome more likely even though both sides believe it would harm their economies.

I know that sounds nebulous, a word you might choose to use.

"I think that gives that sense of timetable, clarity and goal on what we are doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that Parliament very firmly has", he said on BBC's Andrew Marr Show.




Mr Johnson, who led the official Vote Leave campaign in the referendum, warned the Prime Minister against trying to do a deal with Labour to get her agreement through. 'They will just try to trap Theresa May.

Mr Johnson said Mrs May's priority should be to secure a time limit on the backstop - meant to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland - before the next election scheduled for June 2022.

Look away now if you are of a nervous disposition.

Mr Barclay will later travel to Brussels for talks over dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

May will ask lawmakers on Thursday to reaffirm that they support her bid to renegotiate the backstop, a government source said.

Leaving the meeting, Mr Barnier said: "Constructive talks it's clear from our side that we're not going to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement but we will continue our discussion in the coming days".

"But, the solution to this has to be to get Jeremy Corbyn, or the Labour Party, or indeed Parliament as a whole, to come behind a deal".

Mrs May is expected to say: 'The talks are at a crucial stage.

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