Brexit: Challenges to May before Valentine's Day votes

Cheryl Sanders
February 11, 2019

DIT says that with the agreement the British vehicle industry, which has consistently warned against a no-deal Brexit, could avoid up to £8m a year in tariff charges on their exports that would apply if the agreement had not been reached.

Labour wants to force the government to bring back a "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's Brexit deal by the end of this month.

She will ask MPs for more time to get changes to the deal in talks with Brussels - but Labour has accused her of "cynically" running down the clock.

But she again rejected Corbyn's calls for Britain to remain in the customs union after Brexit, arguing it would diminish the country's ability to strike trade deals.


"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir told The Sunday Times.

He said: "I've never thought you could get to another referendum going directly to it - you'll get to it when the people see what the true Brexit alternatives are and the truth is there are two". "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

The government will give parliament another chance to debate the issue by February 27 using the same format described above, if a deal has not been agreed before then. While UK PM May's comment might appear to sooth an ongoing drama over Brussels, the European Union leaders had asked for insurance for Northern Irish borders, which appeared to be complicating the overall complexion of the recent round of talks.

"Not only will this help to support jobs throughout the United Kingdom but it will also be a solid foundation for us to build an even stronger trading relationship with Switzerland as we leave the EU", International Trade minister Liam Fox said in a statement.


May is seeking changes to her deal with Brussels after it was rejected by a record majority in parliament on January 15.

Mrs May described discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels as "robust but constructive" and insisted she was determined to "negotiate hard" over the coming days to secure legally-binding changes to the Agreement which will render it acceptable to Parliament.

Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out the conditions under which he would instruct his party to support an exit deal in parliament.

The EU and the Irish Government have insisted that the backstop is the best way of guaranteeing there will be no hard border in Ireland.


However, the deal does not include financial services - the UK's most valuable asset - as there is no comprehensive agreement between Switzerland and the European Union on financial services.

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