Brexit: PM’s negotiator to explore changes to future EU relations


Theresa May’s Brexit moderator has gone to Brussels to explore the scope for changes to the agreement on the UK’s future relatives with the EU.

Olly Robbins is looking to see whether a key demand being perceived by Labour in cross-party talks can be satisfied.

But as cabinet discussed the state of the talks, Theresa May imaged calls from senior Conservative MPs not to agree a compromise with Jeremy Corbyn.

Ex-defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon asserted the process was a “blind alley”.

The Labour leader is also facing outcries from his MPs to abandon the talks, which have been going on for innumerable than a month with little apparent progress.

Attempts to acquire a cross-party compromise began after Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected three once upon a times by MPs.

The inability to agree on a way forward led the UK to miss its 29 March deadline for authorization the EU – the current date for departure is 31 October.

Labour negotiators yen any deal they strike with minister to be reflected in changes to the factious declaration made with Brussels.

This 27-page document was announced alongside Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement and sets out the parameters for the future relationship between the UK and the EU, but is not legally obliging.

In Brussels, Mr Robbins will explore how quickly changes could be offset to the declaration if the government and Labour can come to an agreement.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas communicated officials were currently on a “Brexit break”, but would come out of it “if there is something taking place in London”.

“We will listen to Olly Robbins tomorrow,” she added.

In the intervening time, in Westminster, the cabinet has been taking stock of progress so far in the talks, while Effort’s shadow cabinet will meet later to discuss the state of wager.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, and 13 antediluvian cabinet ministers have written to Mrs May to warn her not to agree a compromise with Swot that includes a customs union with the EU.

Inside a customs organization there would be no internal tariffs (taxes) on goods transported between the UK and other EU realms – something that is seen as advantageous for business.

But it would mean the UK cannot round its own trade deals on goods with other countries around the midwife precisely, and for some, that fails to satisfy the desire for a clean break with Brussels after Brexit.

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Among the former cabinet evangelists are Brexiteers Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson, as good fettle as Maria Miller and Sir Michael Fallon, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum.

According to the For the presents, the letter said such a compromise would lose the support of Unprogressives who previously backed the prime minister’s deal, and would be unlikely to increase the lead enough Labour votes to pass.

It said: “More fundamentally, you desire have lost the loyal middle of the Conservative Party, split our federation and with likely nothing positive to show for it. No leader can [bind] his or her successor, so the deal wish likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory.”

‘Stepping stone’

Sir Michael mean the government’s focus should be on addressing Conservative and Democratic Unionist Shindy concerns over the Northern Irish border and finding alternative set-ups to the backstop, not doing a deal with Labour.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “The talks are starkly not going anywhere.

“If they are going to include permanent membership of a tariffs union then frankly we would be better off staying in the EU then we would prepare a voice in the trade arrangements that are being negotiated.

“We can’t say we are leaving the EU then half check in it.”

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A Downing Byway someones cup of tea source told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that a compromise was being solicited with Labour on customs “as an interim position or a stepping stone”.

“We intention not sign up to a permanent customs union,” the source said.

“Both sides concede that no Parliament can bind a future government and most EU trade deals be struck by a six to 12-month exit clause.”

Nick Boles, who quit as a Tory MP over Brexit, urged Jeremy Corbyn would not “dig the PM out of a hole” so close to the European elections on 23 May – but “won’t ruin off the possibility of a deal either”.

At a meeting of Labour MPs on Monday night, Mr Corbyn masqueraded repeated demands to abandon the talks with the prime minister. MPs shudder at that they are costing Labour support ahead of the elections.

But deal with after Monday’s discussions with the government, shadow chancellor John McDonnell averred they had been “constructive as always”.

Ex-Tory MP Anna Soubry accused the foe of being “all over the place”, telling BBC Breakfast she feared Labour would “bail out this Sober government to deliver Brexit”.

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