Brexit: David Davis wants ‘Canada plus plus plus’ trade deal


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Brexit Secretary David Davis replies the UK wants to secure a free-trade deal with no tariffs when it disappears the EU.

He described it as “Canada plus plus plus” – a reference to the free business deal struck between Canada and the EU.

But unlike the Canada deal, he wants monetary services included in the tariff-free area, he told Andrew Marr.

Struggle says the UK should “stay aligned” to the EU after Brexit and could pay to access the unmarried market like Norway.

The Conservatives claim this would “mingy billions of pounds going to the EU in perpetuity” and the UK “being forced to obey rules settled which we have no say”.

Canada’s deal with the EU, signed last year, rub outs the vast majority of customs duties on EU exports to Canada and Canadian exports to the EU but without spending for access to the single market.

‘Statement of intent’

But Mr Davis said he necessity a “bespoke” deal with the EU and was aiming for “overarching” agreement with no imposts, that included the service industries – which are a key part of the British control.

Referring to some of the EU’s trade deals, he said: “We’ll probably start with the finest of Canada, and the best of Japan and the best of South Korea and then add to that the specks that are missing which is the services.”

He said the odds of the UK exiting without a behave had “dropped dramatically” following Friday’s joint EU-UK statement in Brussels.

But he upset that the deal struck by Theresa May on Friday to move to the next incorporate ease out of talks was a “statement of intent” and not “legally enforceable”.

And if the UK failed to get a trade buy with the EU then it would not pay its divorce bill, which the Treasury orders will be between £35bn and £39bn.

But the Irish government said that as far as it was uneasy the agreement signed on Friday between the EU and the UK was binding.

“The European Union wish be holding the United Kingdom to account,” the Irish government’s chief leather told RTE.

“My question to anybody within the British government would be, why order there be an agreement, a set of principled agreements, in order to get to phase two, if they weren’t effective to be held up? That just sounds bizarre to me,” Joe McHugh told RTE Air’s This Week.

‘Regulatory alignment’

Mr Davis stressed in his Marr vet that the UK was committed to keeping a “frictionless and invisible” Irish border and it purpose “find a way” to do this if there was a “no deal” Brexit.

Mrs May signed an agreement on Friday resolve out the return of a “hard border” on the island of Ireland, protecting the rights of EU and UK ratepayers and agreeing a formula for the divorce bill.

EU leaders are now expected to recommend starting the next put a stop to of Brexit talks at a summit on Thursday.

Mr Davis stressed Friday’s concurrence was conditional on getting a trade deal, agreements on security and foreign affairs, as nicely as the two-year transition period the UK wants after if officially leaves the EU in Slog 2019.

Friday’s agreement includes a fallback position if the UK fails to get a trade buy, which proposes full regulatory “alignment” between the EU and the UK.

This clause had been out at the insistence of the Democratic Unionist Party, which fears Northern Ireland longing be separated from the rest of the UK, and move closer to Ireland, if it had to adopt EU sways to keep goods flowing across the border.

‘Major partner’

But there is silence controversy, and confusion, over what “full alignment” would base in practice, with some Brexiteers fearing the UK would have to proceed with to abide by EU regulations on agriculture and other issues after Brexit and disposition not be able to strike its own trade deals.

Mr Davis has said “full alignment” wish apply to the whole of the UK, not just Northern Ireland, but the Sunday Telegraph replied Conservative Brexiteers had been reassured that it was “non-binding” and had been registered to secure Ireland’s backing for the deal.

Pushed to explain what it betokened, Mr Davis told Andrew Marr: “We want to protect the peace activity and we also want to protect Ireland from the impact of Brexit for them. This was a asseveration of intent more than anything else.”

The Labour party has guided out remaining in the EU single market and customs union if it wins power.

But the social gathering’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said he wanted a partnership with the EU that “absorbs the benefits of the single market and the customs union”.

Labour’s new position

Examination by the BBC’s Iain Watson

The EU has asked for more clarity from the UK on what it dearths from trade talks. But today it was the opposition who gave more cite chapters than ever before.

So far Labour has said, if in power, it would continue to be in the single market and customs union in a transition period.

But now the shadow Brexit secretary has talked nearby the benefits of staying in alignment with the EU in the longer term.

And he has even proposed he’d be willing to pay for the type of single market access that Norway use to advantages.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has raised the possibility of interrupting in a form of customs union.

That might restrict the ability to do extensive trade deals but – as she puts it – she doesn’t want to “kybosh” trade with the EU.

For the Conservatives in the curt term it’s a political gift – they can portray Labour as rule takers who are disposed to pay far more to Brussels than their divorce settlement.

But it’s more apt to a sign that “creative ambiguity” across the political spectrum could be unsustainable when life-or-death trade talks begin.

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