Brexit LIVE: Barnier prepares to meet Dominic Raab as EU boosts preparations for NO DEAL

Posted on Jul 19 2018 - 5:14pm by admin

Theresa May has been rocked by another Brexit blow after Tory Eurosceptic MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no-confidence in the Prime Minister.

In a letter to his constituents, the MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire said he did not believe Mrs May could help lead Britain out of the EU.

The backbencher wrote: “Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back.

“Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result.

“It is with much sadness that I have to say that I have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too.”

Brexit Secretary Dominic Rabb will head to Brussels this afternoon for crunch talks with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

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2:23pm: UK ‘ready to cope with no-deal’

The UK is ready to deal with the consequences of crashing out of the EU without a deal, a Whitehall mandarin has said.

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni insisted the UK would be able to cope if Theresa May does not strike a deal with Brussels.

He told MPs at a committee hearing in Westminster: “We will be ready for a no-deal Brexit, but not everything will be perfect.”

Acting Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill added: “We will be ready but we shouldn’t assume it will be smooth, if it’s a disruptive outcome.”

1:01pm: May’s visit to Irish border ‘too little, too late’

The Prime Minister’s visit to the Irish border is “too little, too late”, Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader has said.

Michelle O’Neill added: “She is coming two years after the referendum, she is coming two years after negotiating with her own party.

“We can’t withstand being outside the customs union and the single market.

“Theresa May needs to realise that we will not be collateral damage her for own reckless Tory agenda.”

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PARLIAMENTTory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no-confidence in Theresa May

11:56am: EU steps up preparations for no-deal Brexit

Brussels has stepped up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit as negotiations between the EU and UK continue to falter.

The European Commission has produced a 15-page document warning about the dangers of Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.

The memo, sent to the EU’s remaining 27 states, raises fears about long queues at borders and ports in the event of a ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit.

It also warns that “preparations must be stepped up immediately at all levels to take in all possible outcomes”.

11:19am: Tory MP Davies hits out at PM’s Brexit plan

Tory MP Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no-confidence in Theresa May after “losing trust” in her ability to deliver Brexit.

In a letter to his constituents, Eurosceptic MP Mr Davies wrote: “Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back.

“Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result.

“It is with much sadness that I have to say that I have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too.”

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Sinn Fein’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill criticised Theresa May

9:42am: Raab confirms UK will leave single market and customs union

New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has confirmed Britain will leave the EU’s single market and customs union.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Raab said the UK would also quit the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy.

He added: “After Brexit, we’ll be free to develop a domestic agriculture policy and have full control of our fishing waters.”

Mr Raab is taking questions from MPs before heading to Brussels for his first talks with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

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Vote Leave campaigner Raab replaced David Davis as Brexit Secretary last week

9:31am: Theresa May to visit Irish border

Theresa May will today make her first visit to the Irish border since the Brexit referendum two years ago.

Mrs May and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley meet business representatives on the Northern Ireland side of the border this afternoon.

Ahead of her arrival, Mrs May said: “I look forward to hearing views from businesses on the border in Northern Ireland on our departure from the EU.

“I fully recognise how their livelihoods, families and friends rely on the ability to move freely across the border to trade, live and work on a daily basis.

“That’s why we have ruled out any kind of hard border. Daily journeys will continue to be seamless and there will be no checks or infrastructure at the border.”

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Theresa May will make her first visit to the Irish border since the Brexit vote

9:12am: Labour’s Benn speaks out on no-deal Brexit

Labour’s Hilary Benn has said MPs will step in and “take control” of the Brexit process if the Government fails to agree a deal with Brussels.

Mr Benn, the chairman of the Commons Exiting the EU Committee, said MPs would not allow a ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit to happen.

The Remain supporter added: “I simply don’t think that there’s a majority in Parliament for ‘no deal’.

“The Government really needs to be focusing on getting a deal that can command a majority in Parliament.

“Members of Parliament will take control of this process if it looks as if we are going to crash out without a deal, because that simply cannot happen.”

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Labour’s Hilary Benn has said MPs could ‘take control’ of the Brexit process

8:58am: Ex-minister backs Canada-style Brexit deal

Former Brexit minister David Jones has criticised the plans set out in Theresa May’s Brexit White Paper last week.

Tory MP Mr Jones said the proposals were “now looking less and less likely as a solution” and may have to be replaced with a Canada-style free trade deal.

He told the BBC: “The EU have already said a Canada-style deal is available to the UK. I think that’s a sensible way of progressing.”

Mr Jones said UK and EU preparations for a no-deal Brexit were “quite belated”, adding: “I think it should have been done some considerable time ago.”

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