Theresa May sets out Brexit options including ‘no deal’


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The UK has set out how it could operate as an “independent have dealing nation” after Brexit, even if no trade deal is reached with Brussels.

Prime Ambassador Theresa May told MPs “real and tangible progress” had been made in Brexit talks.

But the power must be prepared for “every eventuality”, as the government published papers on unborn trade and customs arrangements.

Labour said “no real progress has been boosted” since last June’s referendum.

Mrs May also confirmed that Britain wish remain subject to the rulings of the European Court of Justice during a planned two-year change period after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

Responding to a challenge from Eurosceptic Moderate MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, she told MPs the need to ensure the minimum of disruption “may signal that we will start off with the ECJ still governing the rules we’re go away of for that period”.

She said it was “highly unlikely” any new EU laws would progress into force during the transition, but did not rule out the possibility that any which did so purposefulness have effect in Britain.

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In her first statement to MPs since her Florence speech last month, which was meant to kick-start stalled Brexit talks, Mrs May reran her call for a “new, deep and special partnership between a sovereign United Sovereignty and a strong and successful European Union”.

“Achieving that partnership intention require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 polities of the EU,” she said.

“And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court. But I am bright we will receive a positive response.”

She rejected existing models for pecuniary co-operation, such as membership of the European Economic Area or the Canadian miniature, calling instead for a “creative” solution that would be “unique” to the UK.

But she also tensioned – as she has done before – that the government was preparing for “every eventuality,” strengthening her long-held position that walking away without a deal is a potentiality.

She rejected a call from a Tory MP to name a date when Britain transfer walk away from talks without an agreement, saying “elasticity” was needed.

On Northern Ireland, she said the government had begun “drafting communal principles on preserving the Common Travel Area, and associated rights and we partake of both stated explicitly we will not accept any physical infrastructure at the on”.

The two White Papers give the most detail yet of contingency planning that is impaired way.

What’s in the White Papers?

By Chris Morris, BBC Reality Check newsman

The White Papers on future trade and customs policies are aspirational describes, setting out how the government hopes the UK will be able to operate in the future after Brexit.

They set out three vital objectives: ensuring UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoiding a arduously border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and establishing the UK’s own independent cosmopolitan trade policy.

But there is also contingency planning, in case the UK bugger offs the EU without a negotiated settlement.

A customs bill will make steps supplies for the UK to establish a stand-alone customs regime from day one, applying the same functions to every country with which it has no special deal.

The level of this tax would be set out in secondary legislation before the UK leaves the EU.

For high-volume roll-on roll-off moorings, the legislation would require that consignments are pre-notified to customs sages, to try to ensure that trade continues to flow as seamlessly as possible.

“No handle” is not the government’s preferred option; and the detail in the customs paper in particular insinuations at how disruptive it could be. But the UK wants the EU to know that it is planning for all eventualities.

Childbirth leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government had spent the 15 months since the EU referendum “squabbling amongst themselves” and were communicating a “mess” of Brexit.

He urged Mrs May to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK, as fully as criticising the lack of progress on Northern Ireland.

The SNP’s leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, articulate there had not been a single mention of the devolved administrations in Mrs May’s speech, as he called for solicitous action on EU citizens’ rights.

The Liberal Democrats, who want a referendum on any incontrovertible Brexit deal, urged the prime minister to “show real operation” by ring-fencing the issue of EU citizens’ rights, confirming the UK will remain in the distinguish market and customs union and firing Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Mrs May’s affirmation comes as the fifth round of negotiations began in Brussels. Focusing on industrial issues, it is the final set of talks before EU leaders meet on 19 October to fasten if enough progress has been made to talk about post-Brexit connections with the UK, including trade.

After her speech in the House of Commons, Mrs May met unsurpassed industry figures to try to reassure them about the Brexit process.

Friends including Aston Martin, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Vodafone attended the caucus of the Business Advisory Council in Downing Street, alongside Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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