UK Politics 30 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48105357 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned Theresa May against agreeing a Brexit deal with Labour that … [Read more...] about Hunt warns PM over Labour customs union plan
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MPs have again failed to find a consensus for any alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal - but only narrowly rejected a proposal seeking to commit the Government to negotiate a permanent UK-wide customs union with the European Union. The plan was proposed by Tory grandee Ken Clarke as part of the indicative votes process, and has “been seen by many as the most likely option to deliver a softer Brexit”, says the Financial Times. Clarke describes it as the “basic, obvious” way to bring the Brexit “shambles” to an end. Following the motion’s defeat by just three votes, Clarke told the Commons that his motion failed to get a majority because of a handful of pro-People’s Vote holdouts. He suggested that other MPs had refused to back it because they still wanted a Norway-plus model, despite the merits of the customs union plan. But the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush argues that “the thing that truly stymied a way forward … [Read more...] about Brexit customs union: what are the pros and cons of leaving the trade bloc?
Motoring by Press Association 03/04/2019, 10:28 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ford of Europe’s chairman says the best Brexit option for the American firm is a customs union – keeping the UK closely linked with the EU. Steven Armstrong said he wanted the company to be able to move goods and “trade freely with Europe without any friction” – something that a customs union agreement with the European Union would allow. Armstrong said: “It would be a good outcome for us, as long as it meant that it was frictionless at the borders and we were included in broader parts of the customs union, as our relationship with Turkey is important and that currently falls under the customs union.” Suggested as a solution for the Brexit deadlock by the former Tory chancellor and home secretary MP Kenneth Clarke – who is president of the Conservative Europe Group, co-president of the pro-EU body British Influence … [Read more...] about Ford wants customs union above all other Brexit options, says chairman
The idea of Brexit based on a customs union is “incredibly problematic”, Liz Truss has said, as Theresa May faces increasingly open cabinet splits before a new round of indicative votes which could point the way towards a softer departure. With MPs expected to vote on Monday evening on some of the eight tabled proposals, the chief secretary to the Treasury said she vehemently opposed the idea of the government backing a customs union if MPs voted for the option. The justice secretary, David Gauke, said on Sunday he did not think it would be “sustainable to ignore parliament’s position” if MPs ruled out a no-deal Brexit and opted for a customs union. However Truss said a customs union was not good for UK trade or foreign policy and that if May definitively backed that option or a no-deal departure she could lose a large contingent of ministers from either the leave or remain sides of her cabinet. “I think it’s incredibly problematic, the idea of … [Read more...] about Brexit customs union bad for foreign policy and trade, says Truss
‘No chance’ May will accept Labour’s customs union vision, says Leadsom BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Cabinet minister has insisted there is “no chance” of Theresa May accepting Labour’s vision for leaving the EU, despite speculation she could soften her stance on customs union membership. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/no-chance-may-will-accept-labours-customs-union-vision-says-leadsom-37807301.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37807299.ece/02a69/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_8e7dfef1-30ba-45ce-ac19-f76a8db2ab98_1 Email A Cabinet minister has insisted there is “no chance” of Theresa May accepting Labour’s vision for leaving the EU, despite speculation she could soften her stance on customs union membership. As the Prime Minister prepares to update MPs on the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations on Tuesday afternoon – a day earlier than expected – Andrea Leadsom dismissed the … [Read more...] about ‘No chance’ May will accept Labour’s customs union vision, says Leadsom