Key Conservative MP Graham Brady 'optimistic' for Brexit breakthrough

Key Conservative MP Graham Brady 'optimistic' for Brexit breakthrough

Key Conservative MP Graham Brady 'optimistic' for Brexit breakthrough

Sky News said the government meant to publish details on the tariff cuts if lawmakers reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in a vote due next week.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on 29 March, but Parliament has rejected May's deal, raising the prospect of a chaotic, economically damaging departure from the bloc.

European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier is meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox on Tuesday, as Britain seeks changes to a Brexit deal that has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers.

May's Conservative Party will monitor the negotiations in Brussels for anything that falls short of its Brexit demands.

Sinn Fein opposes Brexit, as did a majority of voters in Northern Ireland during the 2016 British referendum.

Meanwhile, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has refused to rule out backing a no-deal Brexit if the Withdrawal Agreement is voted down by MPs next week.

May has pledged a vote will take place on her Brexit deal, including any changes agreed in Brussels, by March 12, though it is possible Downing Street will seek to put the vote to MPs as early as next week if changes can be secured.

It's understood that Michel Barnier told member states that proposals tabled by Geoffrey Cox for an arbitration panel that would allow the United Kingdom to exit the backstop were not acceptable, and that fresh proposals were needed.


Referring to the funds, Wigan MP Nandy said towns such as hers had been "shamefully ignored for decades" and hoped the new fund marks a new approach.

James Brokenshire added: "We have listened to people who are concerned by momentous changes to their communities and I am determined to provide the support they need to create a more prosperous future beyond Brexit".

Asked after a meeting of senior ministers whether May had set out specific details of what Cox was seeking, her spokesman said: "No ... you can expect them (Cox and Barclay) to be having detailed discussions around the legally binding changes we're seeking to the backstop, but it wasn't discussed at cabinet".

"Change is a necessary and often positive part of doing business, but the unavoidable disruption and increased trade barriers that no-deal would bring are entirely unproductive", Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General of the Institute of Directors, which conducted the survey, told The Week. No one in the cabinet wants no deal. "It is not what we want, but it is what we have been forced into". But PM May's exit deal with Brussels was rejected by lawmakers in January.

Labour said this week that it would back a second referendum, which it had previously ruled out, in order to stop a potentially catastrophic no-deal divorce from the European Union.

Last month, Nissan Motor Company confirmed it will move production of the new X-Trail SUV to Japan.

"That is what we will continue to pursue". If MPs again reject it, they will vote in the following days on whether to leave with no deal or delay Brexit.

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