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United Kingdom says marathon meeting bears Brexit trade plan

Prime Minister Theresa May could shortly propose a Brexit model that is similar to the relationship enjoyed between Jersey and the EU Prime Minister Theresa May could shortly propose a Brexit model that is similar to the relationship enjoyed between Jersey and the EU
Nellie Chapman | 10 July, 2018, 14:07

Prime Minister Theresa May has defended her Brexit plans.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Cabinet came to a general agreement on trade and customs issues after Brexit.

May said her cabinet had also agreed a new business-friendly customs model with freedom to strike new trade deals around the world.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Longworth accused May of totally misleading the 17.4 million British people who voted leave, "and left it as late as possible to reveal that she remains a stubborn Remainer". "Will those red lines still there survive negotiation with the European Union?"

This framework would also include robust and appropriate means for the resolution of disputes, including through a Joint Committee and in many areas through binding independent arbitration - accommodating through a joint reference procedure the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as the interpreter of EU rules, but founded on the principle that the court of one party can not resolve disputes between the two.

Recently it was revealed that Davis had only attended four hours of talks in Brussels in 2018, going as long as three months without meeting the EUs chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Of more relevance is whether the position will be acceptable, if at all, to Brussels, which has been strongly pushing back against proposals proposed by London so far.

The British government said the proposal marked a "substantial evolution" in its negotiating position and it included concessions that would maintain closer ties with the European Union than May had previously sought.

The common rulebook for goods, including food and agricultural products, could limit the UK's ability to strike trade deals with countries such as the U.S., for whom securing market access for American farmers would be a big prize. This would allow Britain to set its own import tariffs and seal new free trade deals.

Coveney said nobody should be fooled into thinking both sides were close to a conclusion in the negotiations.

What does it all mean for Brexit?

Pro-EU Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna described it as "yet another behind-closed-doors stitch up that would leave us all worse off".

The "no deal" option means the United Kingdom and EU may fail to reach a formal agreement when Britain is automatically removed from the union this March; prompting market chaos and severe uncertainty over immigration, trade, travel, and finances.

As she held the crisis talks with her ministers, the chief executive of European planemaker Airbus, Tom Enders, accused the government of having "no clue or at least consensus on how to executeBrexit without severe harm".

Meanwhile Backbencher Andrea Jenkyns said she was "awaiting the detail" of the plans before deciding whether to support calls for a leadership contest. Such a proposal would nearly certainly be rejected by the European Union.

But she has at least cleared yet another domestic hurdle.

Mr Gove - a key figure in the 2016 Leave campaign - said it was a "perfect balance" between the need for close access to Europe and allowing the services industry to diverge from European Union rules and regulations. We will end free movement, we will end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, we will stop sending vast sums of money to the European Union every year, we will come out of the Common Agricultural Policy, we will come out of the Common Fisheries Policy.

His resignation was swiftly followed by his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker, who accused Mrs May of giving too much away to Britain's biggest trading partner.

Those events are key to shoring up the U.K.'s security relationships with Europe and the U.S. But it'll be tough for May to negotiate with authority if she doesn't have a firm grip on her government.

The Prime Minister said that "collective responsibility has returned" to the Cabinet after the Chequers deal and it was now important to get on with negotiating with the EU.