Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Give Me More Time to Get Brexit Deal: May Urges UK Lawmakers

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a church near High Wycombe Britain Brexit: More votes promised as Labour says May running down the clock
Jeannette Daniel | 11 February, 2019, 23:15

Among the countries the Department has signed a trade deal with include Switzerland, which guarantees future trading terms between the two countries following Brexit.

DIT says that with the agreement the British vehicle industry, which has consistently warned against a no-deal Brexit, could avoid up to £8m a year in tariff charges on their exports that would apply if the agreement had not been reached. Major has been campaigning, alongside former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, for a second referendum to be held on whether Britain should relinquish its European Union membership.

May's Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Warsaw this week. "Tonight I will repeat the EU's positions. No, no and no".

It comes after Theresa May was warned that up to 40 ministers could resign if they were not given a vote against a no-deal Brexit.

She acknowledged the process "is not going to be easy" but insisted, "I am going to deliver Brexit". "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

The residency rights of Swiss and British nationals already living in each other's countries will be guaranteed after Britain leaves the EU.

Switzerland meanwhile is Britain's fifth biggest export partner outside the EU.

Brexit: More votes promised as Labour says May running down the clock

The government has not ruled out supporting this - and has promised a formal response to it and further talks with Labour - but they say it would prevent the United Kingdom from making its own trade deals after Brexit.

In European powerhouse Germany, the vital vehicle industry would be the worst affected with 15,000 jobs, many of them in Volkswagen company town Wolfsburg and at BMW's factory in Dingolfing. If Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, that would mean a 10 percent import duty on cars and vehicle parts. German companies could put workers on shorter hours or find markets other than Britain.

Swiss Economics Minister Guy Parmelin signed the deal with the British Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, in the Swiss capital on Monday.

Representatives from eight finance and insurance trade groups met on Tuesday last week with British Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen, who is working on the government's "global financial partnership" strategy that seeks to boost London's ties with financial trading hubs after Brexit. It covers issues like free trade, public procurement, agriculture and the fight against fraud.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dated Sunday, May opposed his party's appeal for the country to remain in a customs union with Brussels. They suggested it was now time for Jeremy Corbyn to do so.

He told the Sunday Times he fears the Prime Minister is "pretending to make progress" but actually intends to return to Parliament after the March 21/22 European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a "binary choice" - her deal or no deal.

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