Liam Fox’s department u-turns on Brexit trade deal pledge

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer

The prime minister is aiming to allay lawmaker concern that, unless they vote to take control of the process and order her to seek an extension of European Union negotiations, they will have lost their chance to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

That would allow them to have another attempt at winning a majority for an amendment that could force the prime minister's hand - if she has not brought a reworked version of her Brexit deal back to parliament for MPs' approval before then.

"Unless Parliament can agree on something else, that is what we are going to get". They aim to maneuver the whole Brexit mess toward a second referendum, which they believe would overturn the June 2016 plebiscite, in which a thin majority voted to leave the EU.

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.

At a dinner with Barnier in Brussels later on Monday, the UK's Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, was expected to push May's calls for a time limit on the backstop, a unilateral exit mechanism or its replacement with an "alternative arrangement".

But there is no commitment to hold a binding vote on the deal itself by the end of the month.

The new deal will replace those with the European Union (EU) and cover the 1972 Free Trade Agreement, the Agreement on Public Procurement, the Agreement on the Fight against Fraud, part of the Agreement on Mutual Recognition in Relation to Conformity Assessment and the 1999 Agreement on Agriculture.

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Theresa May is planning on revealing her latest Brexit plan a day early in order to give MPs "time to digest the content".

Discussions about a wide-ranging trade deal with Japan have also hit a hurdle after Japanese negotiators said they wanted to start from scratch, rather than mirroring the terms of the existing European deal.

"We shouldn't be put in a position where the clock is run down and the prime minister says it's either my deal or even worse", Labour's Brexit pointman Keir Starmer told The Sunday Times.

Anti-Brexit protestor outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London. It would also prevent Britain negotiating bilateral trade deals with non-EU countries.

A customs union is one of the demands made for any deal to get Labour support. He says May's agreement can achieve "a great deal of what Jeremy Corbyn is interested in without taking away that option of having other trade deals".

But she insisted her deal already met numerous conditions he had set, without tying the United Kingdom in to a customs union arrangement which would prevent Britain from striking its own trade deals.

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