Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney

Slew of resignations in United Kingdom 'a good week for Brexit' - Simon Coveney

British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that her government has called "principled and practical" but which has angered many in her party.

"The Chequers there because it delivers on the vote that people gave", May told reporters upon arrival at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, referring to a deal brokered at the prime minister's country residence last week.

The Survation poll of 1,007 people found 38 percent felt the Brexit proposals agreed by the cabinet at May's country retreat of Chequers last week were a sell-out while 35 percent felt them to be the best deal Britain was likely to get.

After a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to up their defense spending, Trump arrives in Britain having described the closest USA ally in Europe as being in turmoil over Brexit.

The customs bill - formally known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill, will give the government the power to adopt a new customs policy after it leaves the EU.

"The people voted to break it up so I would imagine that's what they would do, but maybe they're taking a different route - I don't know if that is what they voted for".

But Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, said following European Union rules without being able to alter them risked consigning Britain to the "status of colony", and said it looked like a "semi-Brexit".

Such proposals so irritated Johnson that he said that he believed that the United Kingdom would be "headed for a status of a colony" because the country was proposing to share rules with the European Union.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said ahead of the visit.

These firms would, of course, favour a "soft Brexit" as that will ensure continued access to the single market comprising the remaining 27 European Union states, and some have put expansion plans on hold until there is greater clarity on Britain's exit by March 2019.

Trump was flying over after a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he piled pressure on allies to double their defence spending.

The president described Britain as a "hot spot" with "a lot of resignations", and added that his trip next week to Helsinki to meet President Putin may be comparatively easier.

May welcomed the summit and said it could help address "malign activity" by Russia which Britain blames for a nerve agent attack in March on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southwest England in March.

Ambassador Johnson sought to play down Trump's comments.

"Alongside this unprecedented economic partnership, we also want to build an unrivalled security partnership, and an unparalleled partnership on cross-cutting issues like data, and science and innovation".

He was severely criticised last November, including by May, after sharing three inflammatory anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right group Britain First.

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