THERESA May's top Brexit negotiator has told ministers there is "no chance" of a bespoke trade deal with the EU — meaning we risk remaining tied to single market rules like free movement. Oliver Robbins - the PM's top mandarin in Brussels divorce talks - said secretaries of state have to be "realistic" about what they can achieve. His comments, revealed by the Times, further threatens a backlash from Leave-backing cabinet colleagues and backbench MPs including Brexit flag-bearer Jacob Rees-Mogg. He warned that Mrs May risks a Tory rebellion unless she stumps up on the type of clean-cut Brexit "she herself has promised", The Telegraph reported. The potential climbdown on seeking a tailor-made trade deal with Europe risks tying the UK to current EU rules and regulations. It could mean British businesses will have to abide by Brussels mantras if they want to sell their goods in the EU — and we could still be tied to free movement rules. Ministers were given the warning at … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s top Brexit negotiator warns ‘no chance’ of bespoke trade deal with EU as Jacob Rees-Mogg threatens coup
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One of Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers held a secret meeting with senior Conservative Eurosceptic MPs where he revealed that the US president wants to accelerate a trade deal after Brexit, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, spent more than an hour discussing Brexit with members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs in London last week. He used the meeting to stress the president’s enthusiasm for Brexit and his belief that the US and UK can agree a trade deal two years after Britain leaves the European Union. Although Mr Bolton met Sir Mark Sedwill, the British national security adviser, during his visit, Number 10 appears... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s aide held secret talks with Brexiteers over trade deal agreement
DONALD Trump told Emmanuel Macron France should follow Britain's example and quit the EU, it was claimed today. The US President reportedly tried to convince the French President his country would be better off going it alone. Macron grips Trump’s fingers so hard during handshake they turn pale And he even told Mr Macron France would get a huge trade deal with the US in exchange for leaving the EU, the Washington Post reported. Mr Trump's bombshell offer came during a meeting at the White House in April, according to the newspaper. The US President is a long-standing critic of the European Union and backed Brexit before the 2016 referendum. He apparently said to Mr Macron: "Why don't you leave the EU?" Hilarious moment President Trump brushes a bit of dandruff off French President Macron's shoulder Mr Trump added that if France did quit the bloc, they'd get much better trade terms with the US than they currently have as part of the EU. Asked if the report was true, Mr Macron … [Read more...] about Donald Trump ‘told Macron France should quit the EU because they’d get a better trade deal with America’
Does anyone have a job more pointless than Barry Gardiner, the shadow secretary of state for international trade? Labour’s headline Brexit policy is a continued membership of a customs union with the European Union. This precludes the sort of trade agreements Gardiner would wish to make and – his words – would render the UK a “vassal state”. The incumbent, Liam Fox, is not in any position to boast. Chasing deals that are forbidden by government policy is currently part of the job description for heading the Department for International Trade. Amid the hubbub of activity to enact Brexit, the Department for International Trade was the first in Whitehall to find time to fly the flag of St George in support of the England football team. Not surprising as, since June 2016, Fox’s activity has principally consisted of running the idea of future trade deals up various flagpoles. After all we know, if the UK has a transition period after formally leaving … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight If Labour struggles to support Ceta, what country could it do a trade deal with?
THERESA MAY is preparing to give another landmark Brexit speech setting out her vision for a future EU trade deal, The Sun can reveal. The major set piece will build on three big speeches that have marked her exit plans so far, with Downing Street eyeing venues that could include a European city. Mrs May will use the yet unknown location to sell her long awaited blueprint for what Britain’s relationship with the EU will finally look like after Brexit. I DON LIKE NATO Leaked documents spark fears President Trump will pull US out of NATO LAGS SCANNED FOR DRUGS Airport-style scanners to be used in jails to stamp out drugs trade DON'T BLAME US Ex-spy boss slams report accusing UK agents of being involved in US torture TAEKWON-NO! Ex-minister's radical plans to teach lags deadly martial arts gets rejected MAY'S SECURITY WARNING EU leaders risk having 'blood on their hands' if they freeze out UK AID FOR HEROES Aid boss pledges international development £14bn budget to help out … [Read more...] about PM to set out her vision for a future EU trade deal in landmark Brexit speech