brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Jeremy Corbyn will today accuse Boris Johnson of plotting a Donald Trump-style Brexit as the Labour leader rolls the pitch in preparation for an early general election. Mr Corbyn will claim the Tories have undergone a 'lurch to the hard right' under their new leader and argue Mr Johnson is 'driving the country towards a No Deal cliff edge' in a speech widely seen as an attempt to set the tone ahead of a potential snap poll this winter. There is increasing speculation in Westminster that Mr Johnson could go to the country within the next three months and senior Tories have today urged him to pull the trigger sooner rather than later to sink Remainer attempts to oust him. Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory former leader, has suggested the Prime Minister should respond to demands for a no confidence vote by calling the bluff of Labour and proposing an election instead. Such a move could avoid Mr Johnson being ousted from Number 10, … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of plotting a ‘Trump Deal Brexit’ as the Labour leader rolls the pitch for an early election and senior Tories tell the PM to see off Remainer attempts to oust him by calling a snap poll
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Why the fuss over chicken? The international trade secretary Liam Fox has been in the US for the preliminary stages of thrashing out a trade deal to take effect after the UK leaves the EU. He was asked about the trade in food and agricultural products, which is likely to form a key plank of any deal. Fox on Monday refused to rule out allowing imports of chlorinated chicken, which is banned under EU regulations. Then Michael Gove, secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stepped in on Wednesday morning to say that the UK would not permit imports of chlorinated chicken under any new trade rules. Why would you chlorinate a chicken anyway? To clean it of bacteria and other contaminants. Proponents say it is healthy as it produces meat without faecal matter and without potentially dangerous germs, such as campylobacter and salmonella. But animal welfare campaigners say chlorination just disguises the real problem, which is rearing and slaughtering animals … [Read more...] about How could the UK-US trade deal affect your food? – Q&A
Theresa May's threat to hurl Britain into a No Deal Brexit was brutally punctured today by one of her biggest allies. For more than two years the Prime Minister has warned the EU "no deal is better than a bad deal" - despite fears it could cause food shortages and civil unrest. Now she has turned No Deal into a threat against Labour - warning if they don't accept her version of Brexit, No Deal is inevitable. But today Amber Rudd directly contradicted that, just days after returned to Mrs May's Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary. "It is my view that Parliament, the House of Commons, will stop No Deal," she told the BBC. "There isn't a majority in the House of Commons to allow that to take place." The comments by Ms Rudd, a committed pro-EU Tory, are a blow to the PM's PR push with Labour as she heads towards a crucial Commons vote on her Brexit deal. Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman declared triumphantly: "It was a bluff, of course it was a bluff." Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd says No Deal Brexit WILL be blocked – crushing PM’s biggest threat
The US and China have until March 1 to secure a trade deal which would "assure the protection of US technology" and "get additional market access" to US companies, US Trade Representatives Robert Lighthizer said Sunday. If the deal is not reached, the US is set to raise tariffs on $200 billion (€176 billion) of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. "As far as I am concerned it is a hard deadline," Lighthizer told the US cable network CBS, after President Donald Trump announced a 90-day delay on raising the tariffs to allow negotiations. "When I talk to the president of the United States he is not talking about going beyond March," Lighthizer added. Trump met with his Chinese colleague Xi Jinping at the margins of the recent G20 summit in Argentina. The two leaders pledged to work on US objections to China's trade policies, which Trump has repeatedly called "unfair." Lighthizer told CBS that the US will demand concessions in various areas, including Beijing's demands for … [Read more...] about US sets ‘hard deadline’ for China trade talks
"Not in my wildest dreams would I imagine that a possibility!"This is how an influential European diplomat responded when I put to him Boris Johnson's assertion that a trade deal with the EU could/would/should be completed by December next year. In these times of distrust in the media, charged emotions over Brexit and in the lead-up to a general election, I appreciate that many readers dislike journalists referring to unnamed sources, such as this "influential diplomat". But people speak to me on condition of anonymity. That's how I get good background information and - in the case of the Conservative Party's speedy trade deal pledge - I can assure you that this diplomat's response was one of the politer ones I've comes across, off the record, in EU circles.European politicians dismiss Boris Johnson's claim that he will "get Brexit done" if he wins the election. In fact, Brussels fears that whether Labour or the Conservatives form a government, 2020 could well be another year of … [Read more...] about How fast could UK-EU trade deal be struck?