Brexit LIVE: Boris to put deal to Parliament in DAYS after crushing Remainers in election

Posted on Dec 14 2019 - 12:32pm by admin

The Prime Minister’s deal could be put before MPs at first reading as early as Friday. This will follow the Queen’s speech on Thursday and will leave 15 or 16 scheduled sitting days before the end of the January deadline. This is because Theresa May’s former legislative director, Nikki da Costa, said it could take five weeks to get Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the Commons.

Other EU leaders also kept a close eye on the election as the Prime Minister secured an 80-seat majority.

French President Emmanuel Macron said there was a “very special relationship” on offer for the UK after Brexit through a trade deal with the EU.

He said in a press conference: “I want to tell our British friends and allies… you are not leaving Europe.

“If Boris Johnson wants a very ambitious trade deal, there has to be very ambitious regulatory convergence.

“We do not want them to be an unfair competitor.

“My message to the UK is that the more loyal we are vis-a-vis each other, the closer relationship we can have. If the British prime minister and the

British parliament want an ambitious trade deal, they know where the European standards are.”

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12.13pm update: EU threatens Boris with years of trade talks if he refuses to stick to Brussels’ rules

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU summit news conference on Friday: “It will be very complicated.

“It’s about an array of relations, in trade, in fishing and cooperation in security and foreign policy.

“Our biggest hurdle will be that we need to sort out these issues very quickly.”

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Britain that the more it chose to deregulate its economy after Brexit, the more it would lose access to the EU’s single market.

He said in a press conference: “I want to tell our British friends and allies… you are not leaving Europe.

“We do not want them to be an unfair competitor.

“My message to the UK is that the more loyal we are vis-a-vis each other, the closer relationship we can have. If the British prime minister and the British parliament want an ambitious trade deal, they know where the European standards are.”

The EU is hoping to start trade talks with Britain by March, leaving just 10 months to strike a deal and get it approved by London and the EU, including member states’ parliaments.

11.26am update: Farage concerned with form of UK’s departure from EU

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has vowed to be “not too far away from the action” after Boris Johnson led the Conservatives to victory at the polls.

The Tories will hold an 80-seat majority when Parliament resumes and Mr Johnson said his party’s MPs have an “overwhelming mandate… to get Brexit done and we will honour that mandate by 31 January”.

But Mr Farage, whose party contested 275 seats and took 2% of votes but won no seats, wrote in The Daily Telegraph that pressure would have to be reapplied if Mr Johnson does not live up to his promise of getting Brexit done.

He added he was now concerned with the form of Britain’s departure from the bloc, rather than whether Brexit would take place at all.

He wrote: “The truth is that the threat from the Brexit Party, together with the influence of the European Research Group in parliament, has disappeared for the time being.

“Questions over the future shape of Brexit and Britain’s place in the world are now entirely in the hands of Johnson.

“With half of his Cabinet having voted Remain, and substantial global pressures on him, it will be tempting for him to pursue the easy option of a soft Brexit.”

11.01am update: Lord Heseltine glumly forced to admit he’s failed to stop Brexit ‘We’ve lost, face up it’

Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Michael Heseltine spoke to Sky News following the election, calling on Remainers to “face up” to the fact they had lost.

The Tory peer came under fire earlier in the campaign for his shocking plea to voters to back the Liberal Democrats in order to stop Boris Johnson’s Brexit.

However, with a “thumping” Conservative majority win, Lord Heseltine was forced to admit the public didn’t “listen to him”.

He told Sky: “You have to be modest about the role you play in life.

“They didn’t listen because they wanted to get out of the austerity and they saw Brexit as a route to do that.

“I think it’s much more complicated than that.

“We’ve lost, we have to face up to that, we’re going to leave Europe.”

10.29am update: How some EU leaders are ‘hoping Boris Johnson is not true to his word’ about Brexit

The Prime Minister, who has just won a landslide general election, has promised the country to “get Brexit done” by January 31.

By this he means pass his Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons – but if and when it is passed, a transition period will start, during which he must negotiate the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU.

This is likely to present numerous obstacles and plenty of uncertainty about the UK’s future.

His current timetable for this would have negotiations concluded and the UK to be completely severed from the EU by December 2020.

However, 11 months is considered a very short time for such a complex negotiations and some EU leaders hoping he will be willing to bend on this commitment.

Anand Menon, the director of The UK in a Changing Europe, told Express.co.uk: “I think some EU states are probably hoping that Boris Johnson isn’t true to his word and actually extends the transition as well because that suits them.

“This is partly because they’re still getting money and partly because they get longer without any disruption to trade.”

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