Theresa May finally reveals plans for Britain after Brexit

Aaron Brown
October 10, 2017

In a document setting out its post-Brexit trade plans, the government said it would seek to "transition all existing European Union trade agreements and other European Union preferential arrangements" to provide continuity for exporters and investors.

Major's comments were viewed by some as a warning to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who while publicly backing May has twice proposed his own policies on the delicate Brexit negotiations over Britain's future relationship with the European Union.

As negotiators head back to Brussels for more divorce talks, May will update Parliament on the concessions she offered last month in her Florence speech.

He added: "The Florence speech demonstrated the scale of the mess the government is making of these negotiations". According to her, they are working hard to attain the status of the free-trading nation and she is very much optimistic about it.

Ms May has urged the European Union to show "leadership and flexibility" in unblocking stalled divorce talks, saying the ball was in the bloc's court.

"The ball is entirely in the United Kingdom court for the rest to happen", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters in Brussels on Monday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn retorted: "Sixteen months on from the referendum, no real progress has been made". "It will not remove it, it will definitely be a cost and the question is can we negotiate enough market access so that that cost is at the margin, is a few thousand people and not tens of thousands".

For many, hints at a breakdown in talks remains part of the bluff and counter-bluff of negotiations.

Existing EU trade deals and preferential arrangements with other countries will be "transitioned" into domestic law through legislation post-Brexit.

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"So it's not unlikely that they again shy away from what are the economic imperatives and we end up cliff-edging by political default."

However, the chief negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier, appears to be holding onto a rather inflexible stance even now.

The paper, citing unnamed sources said there had been a "significant change in tone" towards Labour and Corbyn had held meetings with Barnier.

"This could have serious consequences", he said.

Meanwhile, Brexit Secretary David Davis will travel to Brussels today to kick off the fifth round of Brexit talks.

She will call for talks to be approached in a constructive way "with our sights set firmly on the future".

The prime minister denied reports that she cried after the conference speech.

That would cost more time that neither side has, since the chances of London or Brussels agreeing to extend the Brexit deadline seem limited.

At the moment, the real power in British politics now lies with Boris Johnson, the pro-Brexit Foreign Secretary, who for the past month has been openly challenging May's authority by setting out his own red lines on what would be an acceptable deal with the EU.

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