Nigel Farage In Disbelief Over Labour's Post-Brexit Customs Union Plan

Nigel Farage In Disbelief Over Labour's Post-Brexit Customs Union Plan

It came ahead of tomorrow's crunch cabinet meeting where ministers are expected to thrash out an agreement on how to proceed in negotiations with the EU.

May's spokesman said the statement did not mean Britain wanted to extend what May calls an "implementation phase", but rather that the government wanted to question the EU's position that the end of the transition should coincide with the end of the bloc's current seven-year budget period.

The group of 62 legislators demanded a tougher approach in a number of areas, including "full regulatory autonomy" outside the European bloc and the ability to start negotiating trade deals "immediately".

Morgan is pairing up with the Labour chair of the home affairs select committee, Yvette Cooper, for an event in parliament with the CBI on Wednesday where they will warn of the risks for Britain if it fails to secure a strong customs arrangement after Brexit.

Theresa May is set to host crunch Brexit talks at Chequers as she bids to unite her Cabinet over Britain's plans for exiting the EU.

The United Kingdom is seeking a transitional period after Brexit of indefinite duration, in which status quo would be kept in broad terms until " new systems that underpin future relationship" of country with European Union come into force.

A new political party set up to overturn Brexit has called on MPs from across the political spectrum to block any European Union withdrawal deal Theresa May can strike.

The Chequers meeting comes after leaked negotiating guidelines caused concern among Brexiteers, and the Government was forced to dismiss claims it was seeking a more open-ended transition deal after the United Kingdom formally quits the trading bloc in March 2019.


It contains no "pushback" on European Union demands for free movement of people to continue in the same form during the transition phase, no suggestion of a veto to block new European Union laws and no power to implement new worldwide trade deals without the EU's permission, he said.

"So of course we will need to be in a form of customs union".

Several Tory Brexiters have dismissed claims the government position could lead to an open-ended transition period, with Brexit minister Steve Baker telling the BBC it was "a red herring".

Shadow Brexit Minister Paul Blomfield said: 'It is clearer than ever that Theresa May can not deliver the Brexit deal Britain needs.

Labour said the letter exposed the "deep divisions" in the Conservatives over Brexit, and accused Mrs May of being "too weak" to confront the Brexit "fanatics" in her own party.

Mr Gethins added: "It is clear from this list of demands that the Tories don't want either a transition deal or a future relationship with the EU".

EU President Donald Tusk will issue guidelines for the negotiations on the future relationship at a summit on March 22-23 as planned, the official said in Brussels. "It is time for the Prime Minister to put country before party and say no to her hard right Brexiteers".

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