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Boris Johnson breaks ranks with ‘vassal state’ warning

“Davis has said he hopes whatever new arbitration system is agreed under the trade deal with the EU could start to operate before the end of the transition period” writes Ros Altmann for theguardian.com. In a pair of defiant articles in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Express newspapers, after her defeat this week in the House of Commons over parliamentary scrutiny of a final Brexit deal, the prime minister said: “Amid all the noise, we are getting on with the job. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Theresa May is trying to hide the fact that Britain will stay in the single market for years after Brexit

“For Umunna, May’s attempts to obscure the reality that Britain is heading for a Brexit transition inside the customs union and single market is so strong that she is not even being willing to use the terms” writes Adam Payne for businessinsider.com. “The prime minister has used different words like ‘implementation period’ and said we’ll observe the same rules and regulations apply, without actually mentioning the phrases single market and customs union,” Umunna adds. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Boris Johnson warns UK cannot become ‘vassal state’ of EU

“But she must now unite her deeply divided cabinet over what trade deal Britain actually wants” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. Britain must strike a strong trade deal with the European Union after Brexit and avoid becoming a subordinate state of the bloc, Boris Johnson said.”In the face of those who want to talk Britain down, we are securing the best and most ambitious Brexit deal for our whole United Kingdom. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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The Latest: EU president says toughest Brexit talks to come

“Late on Wednesday, lawmakers won a House of Commons vote giving Parliament the final say on any deal with the EU” reports foxbusiness.com. Brexit Secretary David Davis told lawmakers on Thursday that a “no-deal” Brexit was now extremely unlikely, although “we continue to prepare for all outcomes.”.  Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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European Parliament to warn that British payments to Brussels must continue after Brexit

“Such an agreement would mean Britain paying Brussels for the foreseeable future but the payments would help secure” writes Laura Sandys for telegraph.co.uk. The draft text, prepared by five pro-EU political groups, insists that MEPs will only accept the association agreement, if it strictly adhered to conditions including “commensurate financial contributions” by Britain.MEPs are likely to back a resolution, obtained by The Telegraph, that says Britain and the EU should sign an association agreement, which would be coupled with a free trade deal.The EU has many such association agreements with other countries. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Outside the EU, Britain should be an evangelist for world trade

“We are a founding member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a body that has done so much to facilitate the growth of global trade” writes Liam Fox for theguardian.com. One of the great constants of the postwar era has been the growth in global trade. Now, as we prepare to leave the EU, we can move forward with more purpose, for the good of Britain, and the world.This week sees its biggest ever gathering, in Argentina, where the UK will join 163 other members to discuss the rules that…

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Brexit secretary says a no-deal Brexit now less likely

“This, as far as we’re concerned, is a binding agreement, an agreement in principle.”” reports foxbusiness.com. “The odds, as it were, against a WTO, or no-deal outcome, have dropped dramatically,” Davis said.The likelihood of Britain leaving the European Union without a future trade deal has “dropped dramatically” now that the two sides have reached a preliminary agreement on their divorce terms, the country’s Brexit secretary said Sunday.Asked what would happen if Britain weren’t able to reach a final Brexit deal, Davis said Britain wouldn’t necessarily be bound by the commitments…

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Britain should sign a Canada-style trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, David Davis says

“Britain should sign a Canada-style trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, David Davis said today” writes Chief Political Correspondent for telegraph.co.uk. The Exiting the European Union secretary said that he thought a substantive trade deal can be struck within a year.Mr Davis said he wanted to see an “over-arching trade deal” based on Canada’s trade treaty with the European Union but  including services.Mr Davis’s backing for a Canada-style deal lays bare the divisions in the Cabinet with other Remain-supporting ministers like Philip Hammond supporting a deal which would…

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