Britain denies hindering exit talks from EU

Britain denies hindering exit talks from EU

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May is not taking any chances, allegedly ordering her ministers not to show up at a backbencher vote on Britain trade bloc membership later this week.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Trade Secretary Liam Fox are said to be pushing to leave the customs union and arrange a union with the EU from outside.

Last week, the House of Lords voted by 348 to 225 in favour of a cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that demands the government explain what steps it has taken to pursue a customs union with the EU.

He said a solution for the border will not be needed until the end of the Brexit transition period because Britain will effectively remain inside the customs union and single market during this phase.

Whilst there have been reports of a fudge and a campaign to keep the United Kingdom in a customs union, which would effectively stop the whole point of BREXIT.

Mr Davis rejected committee chairman Hilary Benn's suggestion that the United Kingdom solutions had been "emphatically" ruled out by Brussels, insisting that the European Union was simply setting out an "opening position" in negotiations.

"I think that will be the best position for the United Kingdom and that's what we're working for".

This will boost supporters who want a closer relationship with the European Union who have identified winning enough support in the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, to block any possible deal the government brings back from Brussels as their best chance of changing or blocking the government's plans.

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier described the bloc as "flexible, never dogmatic" and "open for business." .

"If the UK's red lines were to evolve, the (European) Union would be prepared to reconsider its offer".

OK so maybe we have been living in a parallel universe as Barnier has been the most hard, intransient, dictator and bully since we first started negotiations to withdraw for the EU.

In the main reverse, peers backed a cross-party move to retain key EU human rights provisions on exiting the union.

She said: 'Coming out of the customs union means that we will be free to have those deals, deals that suit the UK. May would continue to argue for Britain to leave the customs union, adding: "Government policy hasn't changed - we are leaving the customs union".

MPs have expressed concern that such an approach will give them little time to scrutinise any deal struck before Brexit, and even then this would only be a political statement rather than a binding treaty.

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