Britain Must Make a Choice

Howard TerryFeb 07, 2018

The leaked forecast that sparked the row was a cross-departmental "tool" to "help inform the debate", she said.

Referring to the Sunday Times' report, Marr asked Rudd whether she would serve in a cabinet led by Boris Johnson. Britain, Davis said, wants a comprehensive free trade agreement and a customs agreement to make trade as frictionless as possible while being free to strike free trade deals with swiftly growing countries across the world.

His visit comes at the start of a week of crucial negotiations within the EU and the Cabinet, and hours after Downing Street insisted Britain will "categorically" leave the customs union.

The event, "The Future of Europe - How a radical centre can deliver a continent of reform and renewal" will take place at Résidence Palace. Will the cabinet be singing from the same hymn sheet on that? Should it forgo the customs union or take the middle path.

"Thus, the PM's latest statement still appears to leave the UK Government in the situation of wanting to "have its cake and eat it too". "Now we're not going to surrender before we have that battle", she added.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Jenkin said the Prime Minister "can only command a majority in Parliament on her present policy".

The Home Secretary said Brexit minister Steve Baker, who was forced to apologise to the Commons after giving credence to Mr Rees-Mogg's attack on the civil service, had had "an interesting week" and said the pair's claims were "wrong".

May's room for manoeuvre is also being tightened by Conservative Party politics.

He added: "There's no doubt about it, we are leaving the customs union but we are aiming for a good future for Britain". Under the agreement of European Union, all countries had a common external tariff on goods imported to EU. Many of those who favour remaining in the customs union fear an increase in red tape and checks between borders may inflame tensions between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Brexit could disrupt many supply chains, if businesses buy parts from Germany or Italy, for example.

Corbyn has also faced criticism from his party to clarify what relationship he wants with the European Union amid signs of growing support for a second vote on whether to leave the trading bloc. But it also prevents countries from striking deals outside the union.

Some worry this undermines one of the key potential benefits of Brexit.

An "intense" period of negotiations will begin straightaway and the UK Government is "confident" of securing an agreement at the next meeting of European Union leaders in March, he said. "No more position papers" - which the United Kingdom wants too.

"If ministers are vague or divided, life for officials becomes impossible, as we can see now".

Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond enraged members of his party last week for saying the UK's trade relations with the European Union would change only "very modestly" after Brexit. "My feeling is that we don't have a minute to lose because we want to reach an agreement", he assured.

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