Friday, 22 February, 2019

United Kingdom and Switzerland strike post-Brexit continuity agreement

May urges U.K. legislators to allow more time to get Brexit deal Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by Feb. 27
Orlando Vargas | 12 February, 2019, 11:12

She said the existing Political Declaration - the part of the Brexit deal setting out the goals for the future UK-EU relationship - "explicitly provides for the benefits of a customs union - no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors and no checks on rules of origin".

Mrs May also came under fresh pressure from her own side not to compromise, with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox saying Labour's proposals were "not workable", while Boris Johnson claimed they would produce a "toxic" Brexit.

Anna McMorrin MP, from the People's Vote campaign, said: "Another day has gone by and another promise on Brexit is casually being broken".

Labour wants to force the government to bring back a "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's Brexit deal by the end of this month.

The prime minister struck a conciliatory tone in her response overnight and said she looked forward to the two parties meeting again "as soon as possible" to discuss ways forward on Brexit.

Mrs Leadsom said there was "no chance" Mrs May would adopt Mr Corbyn's "view of the world", adding: 'The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear we're leaving the EU, we're leaving the customs union, we're leaving the single market'.

This is of huge economic importance to United Kingdom businesses so I'm delighted to be here in Bern today, ensuring continuity for 15,000 British exporters. Not only will this help to support jobs throughout the United Kingdom but it will also be a solid foundation for us to build an even stronger trading relationship with Switzerland as we leave the EU.

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It comes after Mr Corbyn last week set out five Brexit demands to the Prime Minister, among which included the United Kingdom joining a permanent customs union with the European Union.

"So he wants a customs union and he is unclear as to whether that means he also wants an independent trade policy".

"We shouldn't be put in a position where the clock is run down and the prime minister says it's either my deal or even worse. That's what the Labour Party agreed and we agree unanimously and I think there is a good deal of support for that in the Labour Party".

"Brexiters once promised us dozens of new trade deals would be ready to sign the instant we left the European Union, but now we know they will not even be able to keep the current deals we have as members of the EU".

"I'm certain of one thing, is that it's not going to be as good as if they had not been Brexit, that is for sure", Lagarde said.

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

Speaking after a dinner with Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay on Monday night, European Union negotiator Michel Barnier said the talks had been "constructive", but added it was "clear from our side we're not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement, but we will continue our discussions in the coming days".

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