Published: Tue, September 25, 2018

UK's Raab says confident of clinching a Brexit deal - International

UK's Raab says confident of clinching a Brexit deal - International

The Department for Exiting the EU's technical notes warned of a disruption to food supplies and coach firms being unable to operate in the bloc if a deal is not reached.

According to The Sun, one Cabinet minister said: "There was a feeling that the PM did well on Friday with her No.10 statement on Brexit, and she has earned some breathing space".

But she is facing increasingly vociferous calls from Tory Brexiteers to abandon Chequers in favour of a more basic free trade agreement in goods along the lines agreed between the European Union and Canada.

Meanwhile, hardline Brexiteers piled pressure on May to ditch her Chequers blueprint for leaving the EU.

The final wording of the Brexit composite motion says: "If we can not get a general election, Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote".

The EU may well seek to negotiate continued preferential treatment in return for access to its single market, while other countries could also seek visa waivers in return for trade deals. It was also hailed by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said Labour was deliberately not being prescriptive about a question that could be posed in a second European Union referendum, adding it was not ruling out an option of staying in the EU.


Labour to challenge May on Brexit deal and will trigger general election if it fails - Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn says the Labour party will call for a national election if any Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with Brussels fails to meet his party's 'six tests'.

At the same time he said they were continue to prepare for a no-deal break with the publication on Monday of a third tranche of "technical" papers on the preparations taking place across various sectors.

Mr Raab hit back, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I think that's not the kind of language of either statesmanship or friendship, particularly at a summit".

A spokesman for Mrs May ruled out moving towards a Canada-style deal, warning it would not prevent a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

Last night she told this newspaper: 'We took this decision because it is the right thing to do.

May's aides have reportedly already begun to draw up contingency plans for a snap election, the Sunday Times reported, citing two senior members at Downing Street.

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