Senior Tories tell May to steer clear of Brexit negotiations with Labour

Muriel Colon
February 12, 2019

Japan has sought to extract hefty concessions from Britain before Brexit, while talks with many nations have been delayed by the lack of clarity over Britain's future trading relationship with the EU.

Mr Barclay will later travel to Brussels for talks over dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

But senior Tories favouring a hard Brexit were angry she had refused to rule it out completely and had left the door open for more talks.

Writing her response to his letter of last Wednesday, Mrs May told the Labour leader: "It is good to see that we agree that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union with a deal and that the urgent task at hand is to find a deal that honours our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, can command support in Parliament and can be negotiated with the EU - not to seek an election or second referendum".

Speaking to BBC radio Monday morning, Johnson said: "The argument is now about how to get out of the backstop".

On the Northern Ireland backstop, Mr Johnson said: "The argument is now about how to get out of the backstop". I think you would need to have a time limit.

For remaining European Union members, Mr Bettel says the ongoing uncertainty in London "puts us in a position where we don't know what is likely to happen tomorrow".

She insisted her deal already met numerous conditions he had set. He also said that a "free trade deal with the European Union should be the easiest in human history".


In her letter May argued that her own Brexit plan "explicitly provides for the benefits of a customs union" in terms of avoiding tariffs, while allowing "development of the UK's independent trade policy beyond our economic partnership with the EU".

Cabinet will meet this morning, with Downing Street hoping it has seen off any immediate risk of resignations over the looming prospect of a no-deal Brexit by promising a further round of Brexit votes at the end of February, if Mrs May still hasn't achieved the renegotiated deal she is calling for from Brussels.

"I don't think that there is any mileage for the Prime Minister or the Government in trying to do a deal with Labour because they will just try to trap Theresa May", he said at a launch event at Westminster.

Theresa May has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's letter setting out his five demands for a Brexit deal.

Her comments come after European Council president Donald Tusk said last week that it was "unmistakable" that a second referendum was out of reach due to the "pro-Brexit" stance of both Mrs May and Mr Corbyn. Frontbench amendments often struggle to get cross-party support, ...

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said it would give MPs more time to "digest the content" ahead of a series of expected Commons votes on Thursday.

Britain has signed a trade continuity agreement with Switzerland to avoid disruption for thousands of businesses post-Brexit, less than 50 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU.

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