May rejects pivot towards Brexit customs union compromise

Brexit Theresa May Begging MPs for More Time to Amend Her ‘Deal’		Dean Mouhtaropoulos  Getty Images10 Feb 2019

Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times newspaper that his party would seek to use the debate in parliament this week to prevent May from waiting until the last minute to come back with a deal, and compel her to present a fresh accord for lawmakers to consider before February 26.

The Leave campaign figurehead was speaking as Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay prepared for talks with European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier as the Government stepped up efforts to secure changes to the backstop, which is created to keep the Irish border open after the UK's withdrawal.

It comes as ministers rush to ensure the continuity of about 40 free trade deals held by the European Union covering more than 70 countries, which Britain now has access to via European Union membership but will lose after Brexit. And how to make sure that the United Kingdom isn't locked in that prison of the customs union.

With a vote due on February 14, May will ask Parliament to reaffirm its desire to remove the contentious Irish backstop clause from the Withdrawal Agreement, according to an official, who asked not to be identified.

She insisted her deal already met numerous conditions he had set.

In her letter May argued that her own Brexit plan "explicitly provides for the benefits of a customs union" in terms of avoiding tariffs, while allowing "development of the UK's independent trade policy beyond our economic partnership with the EU". He also said that a "free trade deal with the European Union should be the easiest in human history".

The Labour leader wrote to the PM on Wednesday with a list of five demands to secure his party's support for her deal, including a permanent customs union.

She also questioned whether the call for "frictionless" trade would mean reneging on Labour's commitment to end free movement.

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She told Sky News: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

Mr Fox has previously said that he'd have "40 trade deals ready for one second after midnight" on March 29.

But she said the Government is prepared to commit to asking Parliament if it wishes to follow suit if standards change.

The prime minister struck a conciliatory tone in her response overnight and said she looked forward to the two parties meeting again "as soon as possible" to discuss ways forward on Brexit.

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

There appears little prospect of an imminent breakthrough with Brussels, and Mrs May might not bring her deal back for a decisive vote this month.

Challenged on whether there would be a vote on the deal this month, rather than on another series of amendments, he said: "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

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