Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Setting out vision for future ties, Britain's May presses Brexit plans

Pound to euro exchange rate Brexit news BloombergPound to euro exchange rate Sterling has stayed at £1.130 according to Bloomberg
Steven Clarke | 12 July, 2018, 16:12

With less than nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU, May has been wrestling with how to enact Brexit without jeopardizing business with the world's biggest trading bloc of 27 countries whilst forging new global deals.

The tánaiste made his comments after the resignations this week of David Davis, the Brexit secretary, Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and two Tory vice-chairmen.

Danger lies with each step ahead: if Remain-leaning Labour MPs and the Conservative cabinet manage to shift right up to a real soft Brexit, the howls of outrage will resonate for years to come, and possibly lead to a resurgence of the populist right in the United Kingdom - and all for a deal most Remain voters would hate.

"I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly".

"There was always going to be a moment in time that was needed for the British Prime Minister to show her authority because she had a very divided cabinet on her approach to Brexit".

If May survives the domestic political turmoil, she still has to convince European Union leaders that her proposals can work.

They were announced less than an hour before May was due to face the press alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an global summit in London.

In a policy paper, the government will outline proposals to allow Britain to maintain close economic and security ties with the European Union even after it leaves the bloc in March. Three junior ministers also quit their posts. "That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt".

Johnson, who was the face of Brexit for many in Britain, said May was heading for a semi-Brexit.

Britain voted for Brexit in June 2016, but May has so far been unable to present a common position to Brussels on what she wants because of deep divisions in her government. "This is the right Brexit", she said.

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Breast milk is linked to lower risks for children for everything from neurological development problems to diabetes. The Ecuadorian delegates acquiesced, and health advocates struggled to find another sponsor for the resolution.

The delay has been partly blamed on deep disagreements within the Conservative Party over what shape Brexit should take.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is now briefing MPs on the details.

She was forced to show humility again after calling an early general election in June a year ago only to lose her party's majority after a wooden performance on the campaign trail.

"Now there is chaos", the paper said in its editorial.

But the Environment Secretary said he was not sure he possessed the "diplomatic skills" to bring Mr Trump round to his line of thinking.

The major issues for Britons were concerns about immigration, sovereignty and the sums paid to the EU.

The UK would reserve the right to set its own tariffs eventually, and collect Europe's at the border (the proposal earlier rejected by the EU), but until this was in place - with no specified deadline - commit to effectively remaining in the customs union.

Britain is now part of the EU's single market - which allows for the frictionless flow of goods and services among the 28 member states - and its tariff-free customs union for goods.

"But I come back to this point, if people don't like this proposal what is their alternative?"

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