Harriet Line, Press Association 22 August, 2018 15:01 EU citizens living in the UK will not be "turfed out" if no deal is agreed with Brussels, Britain's Brexit Secretary has said as he vowed to "move swiftly" to safeguard their future. Dominic Raab said he was confident of reaching an agreement, but sought to reassure those living in Britain that ministers would act quickly to secure their position if the UK crashes out of EU. Mr Raab told the BBC: "We hugely value the contribution of EU citizens here in the UK and I am confident that in the unlikely eventuality that we don't have a deal, we will move swiftly to secure their position." The Cabinet minister said it was "inconceivable we would do anything other than make sure that they are legally in a position where they're secure to stay". "There's absolutely no question that we're going to see EU citizens turfed out - we've made that clear in the past, I've made that clear in the past, I'm happy to give that reassurance … [Read more...] about EU citizens will not be turfed out in no deal Brexit, says Dominic Raab
Brexit secretary Dominic Raab has said he is “confident” the UK will reach an exit deal with the European Union by October. Speaking at a joint press conference with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Raab said the two sides had the “ambition, pragmatism and energy” to reach a deal – but admitted there were “still gaps” in some areas. Raab and Barnier said the focus points of the discussions were avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland, outstanding issues relating to the withdrawal agreement and a political declaration on the future trading relationship between the two sides. The pound was up 0.52 per cent against the US dollar at $1.2863 after the conference. However, Barnier hinted there may be some leeway with the October deadline, saying a deal would be reach by November, "but no later than that". Raab is in Brussels as part of a renewed effort to move the negotiations on after months of inaction. He said he … [Read more...] about Brexit secretary Dominic Raab ‘confident’ UK will reach deal with EU by October
MICHEL Barnier officially ripped up the October deadline for agreeing a Brexit deal at a press conference today. The EU’s lead negotiator admitted nothing will be agreed until November as he and the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab vowed to intensify the tense exit talks. Mr Barnier said: "We have agreed that the EU and UK will negotiate continuously from now on, and Dominic and I will meet regularly to take stock and move the negotiations forward.” He added that the two sides are more "advanced" in defining the common ground for foreign policy and security than the economic relationship. The EU negotiator told reporters this evening: "Our challenge for the coming weeks is to try and define an ambitious partnership between the UK and the EU - a partnership that has no precedent. "This partnership has to respect the single market and the foundations of the European project, and if this is well understood we can conclude the negotiations successfully." Mr Raab said he would meet … [Read more...] about Michel Barnier officially rips up October deadline for a Brexit deal – as Dominic Raab admits ‘still some significant issues to overcome’
Dominic Raab, the UK Brexit secretary, and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier are providing an update on the negotiations in Brussels. Last week the UK and EU held "technical talks" on the terms of the UK's departure from the bloc, including how to avoid a hard border in Ireland. Officials also discussed their future trading relationship. … [Read more...] about Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier give update on Brexit talks
THE dreamy, steamy days of summer are drawing to an end – but the real silly season is yet to begin. While Theresa May tours the capitals of Europe looking for peace on Brexit, war has broken out between diehard Remainers and fervent Brexiteers. Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has stormed back into the fray with Vote Leave II, a remake of his 2016 referendum triumph. In the pro-Brussels corner, Superdry fashion tycoon Julian Dunkerton is forking out £1million for what must surely be a futile, last-ditch bid to keep Britain in the EU. And just to make things extra interesting for the party conference season, the stampede for Mrs May’s Tory crown is already unstoppable. Indeed, the question is no longer if, or even when, the contest takes place. It is whether the PM herself will seize the initiative and signal her own plan to jump before she is pushed. Theresa May defends Chequers Brexit deal - just as Boris savages it in Commons The undeclared contest has transformed … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson are already jockeying for the top job — will Theresa May signal plan to jump before she is pushed?