Barnier: UK should seek a Canada-style deal

06 September, 2018, 05:57 | Author: Trevor Moore
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That's according to The Sunday Times and The Mail on Sunday, which both carried reports claiming that Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, and Sir Lynton Crosby are on manoeuvres.

"However, we have serious concerns that a no deal outcome will magnify massively the uncertainties over Brexit".

In what is likely to be seen by many at Westminster as the beginning of a bid to try and oust the Prime Minister, the ex-foreign secretary insisted the United Kingdom is "lying flat on the canvas" in withdrawal talks.

The prospect that she could fail to reach a deal that would carry parliament at home, and that Britain could potentially crash out of the European Union in March with no deal in place at all, has anxious financial markets.

"What's interesting now is that the only plan on the table is the British government's plan".

The prime minister's official spokesman delivered the attack yesterday, just hours after an article by Mr Johnson was published containing severe criticism of Mrs May's Brexit proposals. "What we need at this time is serious leadership with a serious plan, and that is exactly what the country has with this Prime Minister and this Brexit plan", the spokesman told reporters.

Formerly chief of staff to commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, the German bureaucrat was unexpectedly named secretary-general in February.

Downing Street's statement comes after Johnson used his Telegraph to accuse May of surrendering on Brexit.

"There we were looking to Mr Bariner advancing what was not a dissimilar view, so that me think that the prospect of getting an agreement are much stronger than we have been lead to believe", Mr Whittingdale said.

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"In adopting the Chequers proposals, we have gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank", he wrote. Citing senior figures at Tory headquarters, it said the prime minister has declared war on Johnson and the attempt to derail her plans.

However, Mr Johnson said the Border had been "ingeniously manipulated" by some members of the government to block Brexit.

He said a "Tory hard Brexit" would be a disaster for GMB members, adding: "The Government need to know they have to come back and face the music - they can't sell working people down the river".

"The Chequers deal is now more unpopular with the British people than the poll tax was, and that is why it's untenable to take forward", she told BBC Radio 4's World at One on Monday, urging the Prime Minister to "accept it has not worked and look for alternative routes through".

But the Times newspaper reported 20 of May's Conservative lawmakers were now backing the grassroots "StandUp4Brexit" campaign committing to opposing the Chequers plan.

Barnier also told European Union vehicle manufacturers they would have to use fewer British parts after Brexit to keep to tariff export rules.

After Mr Barnier stated he "strongly opposed" the Chequers proposals because such "cherry-picking" would mean the end of the European project if enacted, Mr Johnson said Britain faced getting "two thirds of diddly squat" for its divorce bill.

"It is about getting Brexit right", he will say. The negotiations between the Secretary of State and Michel Barnier are ongoing. "You can inflate the hard border with Ireland by blowing on this whistle."A no-deal scenario would bring some countervailing opportunities", he continued, "including a swifter end to our financial contributions to the EU."This, arguably, is one the airline industry might consider actually taking up: "Hello, this is your captain speaking".

"It's very clear that the Chequers proposals are being taken seriously".


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