BREXIT LIVE: Government secret notes LEAKED – shock Brexit deal details REVEALED

Posted on Nov 7 2018 - 6:18pm by admin

The notes are said to show the Prime Minister’s decision to give a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) which would outline Britain’s Brexit path.

The leaked timetable, seen by the BBC, also reveals how ministers are set to give high-profile media interviews.

Number 10 claims the document’s “childish language” shows it does not represent the government’s Brexit strategy.

It comes after it was reported Mrs May may be on the brink of finalising a Brexit deal with her Cabinet after a showdown Downing Street meeting.

Theresa May and Cabinet

Theresa May will hold a vital meeting with her Cabinet today (Image: GETTY )

Ministers have reportedly been told to prepare for another meeting, possibly this week, as negotiations reach a crucial stage.

According to the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, the government could be set to “push the button on a deal” if there is enough movement.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab gave the thumbs up as he left Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Some ministers are said to have urged the Prime Minister to adopt a hard line on any time limit to a backstop on the Northern Ireland border.

Ministers were reportedly given a paper laying out the difference between a November deal and waiting until December.

But Downing Street is adamant  there is no Cabinet meeting scheduled for this week.

Meanwhile, in an interview today the French leader Emmanuel Macron has demanded change and said the continent had become “too ultra-liberal”

He said the EU needs to react over Brexit and create a “Europe that protects workers more”. 

His comments come as Theresa May attemps to soften hardline Tory and DUP members concerned over plans for the UK to remain temporarily in a customs union with the EU after Brexit to avoid a hard border with Ireland. 

Brexiteers are concerned the Northern Irish Backstop will force the UK to continue to follow EU rules indefinitely. 

But EU figures could offer the Prime Minister an agreed temporary customs agreement with the bloc, according to the Times. 

The Irish backstop issue has been one of the final remaining challenges to making an agreement with Brussels. Both sides want to reach an agreement as to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. 

Mrs May needs to make a deal by the end of November so it can be passed by parliament in time for the UK to leave the EU on March 29. 

The Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin is open to Mrs May’s idea of a ‘review mechanism’ for the Irish border. 

An open Irish border is seen as vital to preserve the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. 

Read More: Cabinet fight back against May 

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Tesco chief Dave Lewis among business chiefs on new Brexit council (Image: Getty)

10.52pm update: New business councils to help Theresa May with post-Brexit economy

Theresa May has set up five new business councils to advise the government after Brexit.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis, ITV chief Carolyn McCall and CBI head Carolyn Fairbairn are among industry heavy-hitters taking part.

The councils will meet three times a year, including twice with Mrs May.

Each council will recommend how Britain can navigate key business decisions.

Mrs May said: “Brexit presents a huge opportunity to build a better, stronger economy for people all over the country.

“So I’ve asked these new councils to advise us on the opportunities and challenges facing business as we shape the UK for the future.”

9.02pm update: Brexit donation of £435,000 to DUP was allowed, MPs told

A £435,000 donation to the DUP was allowed under British law, the Electoral Commission told MPs.

Some £425,000 of the funds paid from the Constitutional Research Council (CRC) was used for pro-Brexit advertising.

It is believed the Scottish-based CRC is a unionist business group chaired by Richard Cook, a prominent figure in Scotttish Conservative Party circles.

The Electoral Commission’s head of regulation Louise Edwards spoke at the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry into fake news.

Rules governing donations to Northern Ireland parties meant the Commission can not publish donors’ identities.

Ms Edwards said: “We cannot talk about donations to the DUP from that period and the reason for that is because having verified those reports the donors on them were permissible.”

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Jacob Rees-Mogg takes aim at Treasury Brexit forecasts (Image: Getty)

8.35pm update: Jacob Rees-Mogg attacks treasury Brexit analysis

Jacob Rees-Mogg has demanded the government lays out its Brexit financial analysis.

The chairman of the European Research Group wants Downing Street to show how the methodology used to calculate how a Brexit deal would impact Britain, claiming treasury analysis can’t be “trusted”.

He dismissed figures linked to Mrs May’s Chequers’ proposals, which Mr Rees-Mogg has roundly rejected.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Given that phoney figures were used to justify the FCA (Facilitated Customs Arrangement), we can’t trust Treasury analysis.

“Therefore the Government must show its workings to Parliament.”

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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab to announce “decisive progress”, leaked notes say (Image: Getty)

7.32pm update: Number 10 DENIES leaked notes show Brexit strategy

Downing Street has poured cold water on leaked notes seen by the BBC which reportedly outline its Brexit strategy.

The documents are said to show how Theresa May would sell Brexit to the British public and parliament this month.

But Number 10 said “childish language” and an incorrect spelling of the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar’s name show it “doesn’t represent the Government’s thinking”.

According to the document, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will announce a “moment of decisive progress” this Thursday.

Mrs May would declare “we have delivered on the referendum” speech on November 19 at the CBI conference, before a November 27 vote and “historic moment”.

The document says: “The narrative is going to be measured success, that this is good for everyone, but won’t be all champagne corks popping.”

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Arron Banks’ firm to be hit with fine for electronic marketing rules breaches (Image: Getty)

7.02pm Arron Banks’ company and Leave.EU face hefty fine over data breaches

Pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.Eu and an insurance company owned by Arron Banks faces fines of £135,000 for breaching data law.

A report from the information commissioner Elizabeth Denham revealed Leave. Eu and Eldon Insurance – trading under the name GoSkippy – were fined £60,000 each for “serious breaches” of electronic marketing rules.

Leave.EU was also fined £15,000 over email regulations breaches in the run-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum.

It is claimed Leave.EU sent 300,000 emails to Eldon customers with a Leave.EU newsletter.

Former UKIP backer Mr Banks is also facing a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation over the sourcing of  funding for his unofficial Leave campaign. 

Defending himself on Twitter, Mr Banks posted: “Gosh we communicated with our supporters and offered them a 10% Brexit discount after the vote! So what?”

6.22pm update: Theresa May’s “BIG STEP” on backstop review plan

Theresa May is planning to support a review mechanism on any backstop arrangement. 

The review would allow the UK to exit the backstop arrangement if parallel trade talks fail.

Mr May hopes a review mechanism would be favourable to Northern Ireland’s DUP and Brexiteers fearing Britain would be permanently trapped in an EU customs union through a backstop.

The government is now drawing up plans for a review mechanism  to be included in a Brexit withdrawal agreement following Tuesday’s three-hour Cabinet meeting.

Sources close to Downing Street say the move would be a “big step” that the EU could agree to.

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Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald hits out at Irish leader Leo Varadkar for “cock up” (Image: Getty)

6.05pm update: Sinn Fein leader attacks Varadkar over border backstop review “COCK-UP”

Sinn Fein’s leader Mary Lou McDonald launched a scathing attack on Leo Varadkar, accusing him of a Brexit “cock-up” after the Irish leader said he was open to considering a review  clause to the backstop.

The Republican party’s leader lashed out at the taoiseach (Irish prime minister) over plans for a backstop to resolve the Irish border deadlock.

She is adamant Mr Varadkar is shifting the Irish government’s position as Brexit negotiations enter their most crucial stage.

Theresa May’s British government has insisted a backstop – which could see the UK remain under EU-customs rules until a final deal is thrashed out – must have a time limit.

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Spain unveils plan to guarantee British holidaymakers’ plans (Image: Getty)

5.38pm update: Spain reveals plans to protect British holidaymakers’ travel plans 

Spain’s tourism minister has unveiled plans to ensure 18 million British visitors a year can travel to the country after a no-deal Brexit.

Reyes Maroto met with heads of Britain’s biggest tour operators, including Thomas Cook, in London this week.

She told Reuters: “We are outlining a list of measures, the most important of which are to have laws and regulations in place that will allow us to respond quickly to any problems that can come up with the movement of goods and people at the border.

“We’re working with the airlines on contingency plans on the kind of decisions that we’ll need to take in case there is no deal, so we can keep people moving between our two countries as we always have done in the past.”

Madrid’s tourism minister added: “We’re working with the airlines on contingency plans on the kind of decisions that we’ll need to take in case there is no deal, so we can keep people moving between our two countries as we always have done in the past.”

Tourism accounts for 11 per cent of Spain’s economy.

5.22pm update: Barnier reiterates that backstop deal on Irish border is key to Brexit 

Michel Barnier has once more said a “backstop” arrangement to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit is a condition for any EU withdrawal agreement with Britain.

Following a meeting with Slovakia’s prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, Mr Barnier tweeted: “Strong common commitment to work for orderly withdrawal, which must include all-weather backstop for IE/NI (Ireland and Northern Ireland) and ambitious future relationship.

“We are not there yet.”

Mr Barnier said his discussions with Mr Pellegrini were “good”.

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Pet owners urged to contact vets for vaccination advice (Image: Getty)

4.35pm Auf wiedersehen, pet?

British pet owners may have to get animals vaccinated up to four months before visiting the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Animal lovers should consult a vet as soon if they want to take their pet on holiday after March, 2019, new goverment advice warns.

Officials are advising pet owners travelling to the EU to start preparations by the end of November.

Those in Northern Ireland may have to pay hundreds of pounds in vet’s fees and wait up to four months before  crossing the border to the Republic with their pet.

Animals travelling to the EU would also need rabies vaccinations and a blood sample taken 30 days prior to arrival after a no-deal Brexit.

4.25pm update: Theresa May warns no Brexit deal “at any cost”

Mrs May’s spokesman has admitted there are still outstanding issues over the Northern Ireland backstop that need finalising.

While 95 per cent of the agreement had been concluded, the nature of a backstop is not yet finalised.

Issues to iron out include whether, if a backstop is needed, if it is permanent and if there is a mechanism to ensure the UK is not permanently in one, the spokesman added.

But Mrs May is confident of reaching a deal and that a withdrawal agreement wouldn’t be signed off “at any cost”.

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Theresa May vows no Brexit deal “at any cost” (Image: Getty)

3.45pm update: Barnier says Northern Ireland border backstop deal not yet finalised

Michel Barnier has announced there is still not a “100 per cent” deal with the UK on a Northern Ireland backstop.

The EU’s chief negotiator said the bloc won’t conclude an exit deal with Theresa May unless there is a deal that stops a hard border.

He also ruled out a transition period after Brexit without such a deal.

Mr Barnier said: “We are still not at the 100 percent. What is missing is a solution for the issue of Ireland.

“Without an operational backstop there will not be an accord and there will not be a transition period. That is certain.”

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier pours cold water on deal without agreement on Northern Ireland backstop (Image: Getty)

2:40pm update: May has said more time is needed for a Brexit deal

The Prime Minister told her divided cabinet more time was needed to clear the final hurdle.

Her spokesman said: “May said that while 95 percent of the withdrawal agreement had been concluded, on the Northern Ireland backstop there are a number of issues that we still need to work through and these are the most difficult”.

1:55pm update: Chancellor Phillip Hammond dismisses Labour’s calls for a permanent customs union after Brexit

Philip Hammond has dismissed Labour’s idea for a “permanent customs union” with the EU, amid calls for a “real chancellor” to emerge to support businesses through Brexit.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned any free trade agreement without a permanent customs arrangement would not protect the UK economy.

Mr McDonnell added workers and firms want Mr Hammond to “fight their corner” and asked him to push Theresa May to do the “sensible thing” by agreeing a permanent customs union, which the Labour MP claimed would protect the livelihoods of “millions” of people.

1:20pm update: Theresa May has told the Cabinet she was confident of reaching a withdrawal agreement with the EU 

However, she said this deal must “not be done at any cost”.

The Prime Minsiter’s spokesman said there remains a lot of work to be done on the Brexit deal.

12:50pm Deal on Irish border is ‘NOT close’ says Michel Barnier

EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said a deal on the Irish border to break the Brexit deadlock is not close.

Mr Banier told the Belgian broadcaster RTBF: For now, we are still negotiating and I am not, as I am speaking to you this morning, able to tell you that we are close to reaching an agreement, since there is still a real point of divergence on the way of guaranteeing peace in Ireland, that there are no borders in Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the single market.”

12.25pm update: May to meet cabinet again later this week

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet of top ministers will meet again when there is a decision to be taken on a Brexit deal, but so far no such meeting has been scheduled this week, a government source said on Tuesday.

With a Brexit deal nearing completion with Brussels, May is trying to secure the agreement of her cabinet to press on with finalising the terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union. A cabinet meeting can be called at any time.

12pm update:  German car supplier Schaeffler will shut two factories in the UK as part of Brexit changes

Factories in Plymouth and Llanelli in Wales will shut down in the medium term, the company has said.

Production will move to Germany, China, South Korea and the US.

Schaeffler’s European manager Juergen Ziegler said: “Brexit is clearly not the single decisive factor behind our devision-making for the UK market, but the need to plan for various complex scenarios has brought forward the timing.

11am update: UK heading towards leaving the EU with no deal, clais DUP MP

Jeffrey Donaldson said: “Looks like we’re heading for no deal.

“Such an outcome will have serious consequences for the economy of Irish Republic.

“In addition, UK won’t have to pay a penny more to EU, which means big increase for Dublin. Can’t understand why Irish Government seems so intent on this course”.

This comes as Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned of “carnage” if Britain crashed out without a deal.

READ MORE: Varadkar hits May with Brexit warning over Irish border ‘ESCAPE CLAUSE’

10:15pm Liam Fox says UK WANTS a Brexit agreement with the EU

The Trade Minister said it was important to get the right agreement, rather than the quickest one.

When he was asked if a Brexit deal would actually happen, he said: “That’s impossible for me to say”.

He also said: “We have got some issues to deal with on the Irish border still and we have made it very clear that we believe that no part of the United Kingdom should be treated differently from any other part. We simply have to work our way through that.”

The Brexiteer said having another referendum is not an option.

He said: “We don’t have a second general election because those who didn’t win didn’t like the results. Democracy is democracy.”

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Helen McEntee, Ireland’s minister for European affairs, left, and Leo Varadkar (Image: GETTY)

10am update: French President Emmanuel Macron said Brexit was the result of disenchantment of the working and middle classes

Mr Macron said: “When Britain decides to leave Europe, it’s the middle classes which say: “This Europe you’re selling me, it makes the City better off but I, in the country or industrial towns, I’m worse off.

“We need to hear that, so we need a Europe that protects workers more.”

Speaking to France’s Europe 1 radio, he said: “We need to hear the fear and anger. There’s an anger against a Europe that has become too ultra-liberal.”

An Ifop survey published on Sunday showed the far-right Rassemblement National party, formerly the National Front, has moved ahead of Macron’s Republique En Marche party for the first time in a poll for the European elections.

Emmanuel Macron

Macron is concerned Brexit could be replicated in France (Image: GETTY)

9am update: Agreeing a review mechanism would help Brexit negotiations, says Ireland’s European affairs minister

Helen McEntee said the mechanism would allow the EU and Britain to decide when a ‘backstop’ to keep the Irish border open after Brexit is no longer needed and could help move talks along.

However Ms McEntee said there had been ‘absolutely no change’ in Ireland’s position on the backstop arrangement.

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