Brexit Central: Government 'lying to MPs' over Brexit deal

Blanche Robertson
July 14, 2018

In a long-awaited white paper policy document, her government said its negotiating position had evolved.

President Trump said he thinks Boris Johnson would make a great prime minister, and the Britain's trade relationship with the US could come to an end if British Prime Minister Theresa May follows through with the so-called "soft" Brexit blueprint.

The plan has also caused outrage among eurosceptic members of May's Conservative party, and foreign minister Boris Johnson joined Davis in dramatically quitting this week in protest.

U.S. president Donald Trump then dealt a blow, saying May's plans would end any hopes of a trade deal with the US.

Failure to obtain generous access to European Union markets could prompt calls for Britain to row back on financial rules to boost the City of London's competitiveness, a step British regulators have warned against.

MPs were getting more and more restless about the fact that they weren't being allowed to look at copies of the White Paper even though they were sitting in the Commons Vote Office which distributes official documents to MPs.

The equivalence regime is already being revised since Britain voted to leave the European Union to toughen up rules for "systemic" foreign financial firms or activities, such as the clearing of euro-denominated assets, which London dominates.

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The UK Government's white paper on Brexit has underscored the importance of ensuring that streamlined border arrangements are in place for the Gibraltar-Spain border.

The draft Brexit plan published yesterday suggests services will be split from goods outside of any trading relationship between Brexit Britain and the EU.

"We need to rise to the challenge and grasp the opportunities" of Brexit, said Raab, adding that the policy represented a "balance".

For now, May doesn't face an immediate threat to her job.

With support for Mrs May's proposals and her premiership evaporating in Parliament, it is understood that five Tory MPs are actively collecting signatures to hold a vote of confidence in her leadership. The UK is also keen to remain party to the Dublin Regulation that governs migration and asylum rules across the EU.

But, Mr Lewis insisted the proposal will allow Britain to "take back control" of it's laws, borders and money.

A senior finance industry official said Britain was being pragmatic by putting the mutual recognition blueprint into language that Brussels was more familiar with to achieve a similar outcome. They include the so-called facilitated customs arrangement which is created to avoid a hard border in Ireland or with the European Union more widely, the proposed "common rule book" and "free trade area" (these phrases are created to avoid mention of the single market) in goods and agri-foods alongside separate regimes for services. "What we've heard so far from other leaders and from Brussels is actually a positive response that this is a proposal that we can sit down and start increasing the pace of the negotiations", May said. It won't be legally binding, though it will form the basis of trade talks when the United Kingdom is out of the bloc and during a transition period lasting until 2021. The government has promised a Migration bill to be published in September 2018 but states that students and skilled workers would be able to study and work in the UK.

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