Published: Sat, July 14, 2018

Blimps "Make Me Feel Unwelcome", Says Trump As He Arrives In UK


The UK outlined plans for a Ukraine-style association agreement with the European Union on Thursday (12 July) as it published its long-awaited White Paper on relations with the European Union after Brexit.

A banged up vehicle decorated with a banner saying "For sale - but no one's buying May's Brexit banger" is driven around Parliament Square in London.

The plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think sticking close to the bloc would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

Two senior cabinet ministers, including former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, had resigned in protest of the strategy just days before Mr. Trump arrived, and several backbench MPs were in open revolt.

During opening remarks ahead of the joint news conference with May, Trump said he is "OK with" however the British decide to carry out Brexit, despite trashing May's "soft Brexit" blueprint in The Sun.

Trump did not exactly give May's plans a ringing endorsement.

Mr Khan said on Friday that he is not the one fanning the flames of the feud and he praised the "special relationship" between the United Kingdom and the US. "And I said to him, 'This special relationship is better than ever, ' and he said, 'It is.' I could see the chemistry between them was very good", Ruddy said.

May insisted earlier Thursday that her plan was exactly what Britons had voted for in the 2016 referendum.

Trade agreements require mechanisms to make the deal work. "That is exactly what we will do".

Around £1.4 trillion ($1.85 billion/1.58 billion euros) of assets are managed in Britain for European clients, the government's "white paper" notes, and the City hosts most of the EU's trading for banks and insurance companies.

May has repeatedly claimed that Brexit will, among many other things, end the ECJ's direct jurisdiction over the UK. All told, they're planning more than 60 marches around the country, with the biggest expected for Friday in London.

As part of the UK's proposed economic partnership, a "common rulebook" for goods including agri-food is put forward, covering only those rules necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border. Such a resolution would avoid disruption to automakers and other manufacturers that source parts from multiple countries.

At its heart is a proposal for a new Britain-EU "free trade area", with interlinked customs regimes, and identical regulations for industrial goods and agri-food.

Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith said he had "deep misgivings" about the white paper; veteran Brexit hardliner Bill Cash declared himself "deeply anxious;" and Andrew Bridgen, who has already sent a letter expressing no confidence in May to party authorities, said he "and many colleagues" had "grave concerns" about the path the government is now on, Politico reported.

A small group of pro-Trump supporters waved the USA flag alongside the Union Jack, chanting "We want Trump" and "Trump for 2020".

Therefore, it calls for a hybrid arrangement that would adopt equivalence but also recognise "extensive supervisory cooperation and regulatory dialogue" between Britain's financial watchdogs and their European Union counterparts.

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