Published: Fri, February 02, 2018

Leaked Whitehall document reveals Brexit could slow United Kingdom growth by 8%

Leaked Whitehall document reveals Brexit could slow United Kingdom growth by 8%

However, others have called for loyalty, pointing out that to replace the PM in the middle of intense Brexit negotiations would be "madness" while senior ministers like David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, are urgently colleagues to "get behind Theresa".

The former chancellor said the way to take on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour was to put a "sound economic plan forward" but the Prime Minister's decision to take the United Kingdom out of the single market and customs union was a risk.

May told reporters en route to China she was "not a quitter" and meant to fight the next election in 2022 despite mounting public criticism from some Brexiters as well as more liberal Conservative backbenchers who have expressed concern about what they see as a lack of bold leadership on housing, education and the NHS.

The cost to the United Kingdom economy of cutting migration from the European Union would swallow up the benefits of a USA trade deal, according to the Government's leaked impact assessment.

On Mrs May's first official visit to China since she took office in 2016, officials have been keen to portray the trip as a breakthrough for the self-effacing prime minister.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday forecast a "golden era" in Sino-British relations with deeper trade ties after Britain leaves the European Union, but her visit to China was dogged by Brexit rows at home.

"We are determined to deepen our trading relationship even further and we are ambitious for what our future trade relationship will be", May said.

"Now for those who come after March 2019, that will be different because they will be coming to a United Kingdom that they know will be outside the EU", May said.

"The ongoing rights of those people who arrived during the implementation period following the end of that period are a matter for negotiation".

May, who is now in China, said the details were "a matter for negotiation for the implementation period, but I'm clear there is a difference between those who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the leaving".

In a separate development, BuzzFeed News has claimed government studies on the economic impact of Brexit suggest that reducing migration from the bloc into the United Kingdom would nullify the benefits of any trade deal struck with the US.

She also said Mr Xi's initiative to establish overland transport links between China and Europe would be discussed at their meeting.

"We've discussed how the United Kingdom and China will continue to work together to identify how best we can cooperate on the Belt and Road initiative across the region and ensure it meets worldwide standards", she said in Beijing.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has given an upbeat assessment of the UK's economic prospects - despite a leaked internal forecast that any off-the-shelf deal with the European Union would hold the economy back. "The PM was clear that those rights would be different from those who came before".

Speaking in China, Mrs May sought to reassure Tory MPs anxious about the length of transition, saying it would last about two years and was not "something that is going to go on and on".

She added: 'We are in Government.

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