BREXIT LIVE: ‘SUPERB!’ Rees-Mogg, Farage and Johnson PRAISE Tusk – Pressure HEAPED on May

BannerFans.com
Posted on Oct 5 2018 - 3:09am by admin

Mr Tusk earlier launched a scathing attack against Theresa May, claiming the EU has shown respect to the UK but not received anything in return.

But he also said that the offer of a free trade deal which includes continued cooperation on security and foreign policy still stands.

In response, Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted: “This is a good solution for everyone and the ERG’s (European Research Group) proposals for the Irish border mean it could work for the UK as a whole.”

Former Ukip leader Mr Farage urged the Prime Minister to accept the offer, tweeting: “Please Mrs May, bite his hand off.”

And Mr Johnson, who last week unveiled his plan for “a better Brexit” based around a “SuperCanada” free trade agreement, said taking the deal would break the impasse in exit talks.

He tweeted: “Tusk’s Canada +++ offer shows there is a superb way forward that can solve the Irish border problem and deliver a free trade based partnership that works well for both sides of the channel – as I set out last week in my plan for a better Brexit.”

However he added: “But the first step to achieving a mutually beneficial SuperCanada deal is the removal of the Irish backstop so there is no threat to the Union whatsoever.”

Donald Tusk had earlier the UK of not showing the EU respect during the divorce talks.

Speaking alongside Irish leader Leo Varadkar at a press conference in Brussels, Mr Tusk said: “Telling the truth, even if difficult and unpleasant, it is the best way of showing respect for partners.

“We want to focus on practical and realistic ways of minimising the damage caused by Brexit on both sides of the channels.

“Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive, but they do not facilitate an agreement. Confrontation in this field will not lead to anything good.”

Follow Express.co.uk’s live blog for all of today’s Brexit news: 

Brexit news: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson

Brexit news: Leading Brexiteers have urged Theresa May to accept the EU’s offer of ‘Canada ‘ terms (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

8pm: 100,000 small business ‘still in dark’ over no-deal Brexit

MPs have criticised HMRC for failing to contact 100,000 small businesses expecting to be hit with customs charges under a no-deal Brexit.

HMRC boss Jon Thompson last month told a panel of MPs that an £18billion bill is expected in the event of no deal for 250,000 UK businesses trading with the EU.

But despite this, some 100,000 small businesses remain unidentified.

Meg Hillier MP, chair of Westminster’s public accounts committee, said she was “concerned” about the lack of communication and apparent lack of progress.

The Labour representative for Hackney South and Shoreditch said: “I’m both concerned and a little disappointed that nearly two months on you have made little progress.

“You gave us no assurance that HMRC has a plan to ensure businesses are aware of what they will need to do.

“We’re particularly concerned about 100,000 small traders HMRC cannot engage with as you don’t know who they are.”

An HMRC spokesman said the businesses were not on HMRC books because they were below the VAT threshold, but plans were “well-developed” and work was ongoing to make sure people were aware of the potential costs.

Brexit news: Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier reiterated the need for a legally watertight Irish border backstop solution (Image: REUTERS)

7pm: What is a Canada+++ Brexit deal?

Leading Brexiteers Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson have all urged Theresa May to accept the EU’s offer of a “Canada+++” deal. But what does Canada’s deal actually involve?

Canada signed a comprehensive free trade deal with the EU in 2016 after seven years of wrangling between the two sides.

The agreement removes customs duties on almost all goods traded between the two blocs.

Canada is not required to follow EU laws or pay into the bloc’s budget, but products sold in Europe need to conform to EU standards.

Canada’s deal extends to some services, but some sectors are expressly excluded from the agreement.

Supporters of a Canada+++ agreement have said securing frictionless access to the EU’s financial services sector could be negotiated, though Brussels has insisted UK banks and financial institutions would not be allowed to trade freely with the Continent without remaining part of the single market.

Brexit news: Irish border

Any Brexit deal must include a ‘legally sound’ solution to the Irish border, Mr Barnier said (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

4.15pm: Brexit deal MUST include ‘legally sound’ Irish border solution – Barnier

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, has said any UK/EU divorce deal must include a legally sound backstop solution for Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The Frenchman met with Irish leader Leo Varadkar this afternoon to discuss the Irish border question.

In a tweet posted after the talks, Mr Barnier said: “We are in the final stage of the Brexit negotiations & working hand-in-hand w/ the Irish gov.

“To agree to any deal, we need to have a legally sound backstop solution for Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

The so-called “backstop” is a contingency plan which would only kick in if no other solution to avoid physical customs checks between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic is reached.

Both the UK and EU have agreed they want to avoid a hard border, but there is intense disagreement over how that can be achieved.

Brussels has proposed a backstop which would see Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs union and much of the single market.

This would remove the need for customs checks on the island of Ireland but would effectively create a new border in the Irish Sea, separating Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

But Theresa May has expressly ruled this option out, warning she would never accept terms which would “carve off” part of the UK.

Brexit news: Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier

Leo Varadkar is meeting with Michel Barnier to discuss the Irish border issue (Image: GETTY IMAGES)

3pm: Barnier greets Varadkar ahead of Brussels talks

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, is meeting with Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Brussels to discuss the Irish border issue.

Mr Barnier greeted the Taoiseach to the Commission headquarters where the pair are due to focus on finding a resolution to the Irish border backstop.

The Frenchman is scheduled to meet with other politicians from Northern Ireland tomorrow.

A senior EU diplomat said of the talks: “It will be long hours and it may get messy but there will be a deal. The cost of no-deal is just too big.”

Harvey Gavin taking over from Paul Withers on live reporting. 

Brexit Raab Barnier

Brexit: Dominic Raab will meet Michel Barnier next week as negotiations enter a crucial stage (Image: GETTY)

2.40pm update: Irish Central Bank warns of economic turbulence

The Irish Central Bank has warned European regulators to be prepared for financial market volatility if there is not clear progress in Brexit negotiations by November. 

The warning comes from Governor Philip Lane, who is also a member of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council. 

He told an Irish Parliamentary committee: “If in the coming weeks the probablity of a hard Brexit goes up, that can be in itself damaging even if it ends up to be okay by the end of March when Britain leaves.

“Unless there is very rapid and very clear progress within this month and November, if it’s not evident by then, then we will be witnessing this volatility until that final answer is there.”

1.45pm update: Varadkar wants Brexit deal done by November 

Leo Varadkar has reiteratted calls for a Brexit deal to be concluded, echoing Donald Tusk’s calls for the EU and UK to “get down to business”.

The Irish Prime Minister said: “We want to achieve four things – minimising damage to our country protecting the common travel area, no hard border, protecting rights of citizens in Northern Ireland and ensure trading relationship with the UK after brexit is as close as possible 

“I want to agree with Mr Tusk’s call to get down to business and would like to see a conclusion by November.”

1.30pm update: Tusk rages at May over lack of respect 

Donald Tusk has launched a furious attack against Theresa May, claiming the EU has shown respect to the UK but has not received anything in return.

The European Council President made the comments during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar following their meeting in Brussels to discuss a solution to the Irish border backstop.

He said: “Telling the truth, even if difficult and unpleasant, it is the best way of showing respect for partners.

“We want to focus on practical and realistic ways of minimising the damage caused by Brexit on both sides of the channels.

“Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive, but they do not facilitate an agreement. Confrontation in this field will not lead to anything good.

Mr Tusk continued: “The UK has decided to leave and we hope for the best relationship in the future but nobody can expect because of Brexit, the EU will give up its fundamental values and key interests.

“From the very beginning, the EU offer has not just been a Canada deal, Canada plus plus plus deal, much further reaching on trade, internal security and foreign policy corporation.

“This is a true measure of respect. In respecting our partners, we expect the same in return.”

12.15pm update: ‘Brexit Day’ brought forward as EU and UK sign-off on future of Britain

Brexit Day’ has been fast-tracked as EU bosses prepare to publish the political declaration shaping Britain’s future relationship with Brussels on October 10.

Diplomats from both sides will try to put the document together which is set to define the UK’s trading future with the EU ahead of a crunch meeting of EU leaders on October 17.

Publication of the report next Wednesday is seen as crucial, with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab planning on traveling to Brussels to meet his negotiating counterpart Michel Barnier next week, with the political declaration – and the future of Britain – at stake. 

According to the European Commission’s agenda, EU ambassadors will have to give their seal of approval to the document before it is released.

Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but this document will reveal crucial information allowing Britons an early opportunity to discover what life after the Brussels project will be like.

12pm update: ECJ asked for preliminary ruling on Brexit 

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has been asked to preliminary rule on whether Britain can reverse its decision to leave the EU, a statement from Scotland’s Court of Session has said. 

Scottish lawmakers opposing Brexit have filed a petition to the country’s highest court to show Britain has the option of remaining in the bloc once the outcome of Brexit becomes known.

They say while there is no legal doubt Britain could stop Brexit with the permission of the remaining 27 EU countries, it should be able to establish a legal right to do so unilaterally. 

These lawmakers represent electoral areas in Scotland which voted for the UK to remain in the EU. 

11.20am update: Britain tables new Irish border proposals – report 

Britain has put forward new proposals for avoiding extensive border checks on the Irish border in what could be a major breakthrough in Brexit negotiations.

This is according to Reuters, which said an EU source close to the talks told it the new plans are “a step in the right direction” and “make finding a compromise possible”. 

EU diplomats and officials said the new proposal would see Britain agree to an indefinite backstop solution, which had been missing from the previous proposal rejected by the remaining 27 EU states in June. 

But Britain would continue to insist that in case a backstop is triggered, the whole of the UK would remain in the customers union together with the EU, meaning they would have the same external tariff on some goods, as the bloc currently has with Turkey.

The EU sources said the new proposal would remove the need for customs checks on goods and agriculture on the island of Ireland. 

Both sides are preparing concessions on the Irish backstop, which has been a major stumbling block in Brexit talks over recent weeks. 

11am update: ‘Crucial shift’ in Government’s approach to Brexit – Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed there has been a “crucial shift” in the Government’s approach to Brexit following Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday. 

The former leader of the party pointed out Mrs May didn’t mention Chequers once during her speech.

Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mr Duncan Smith suggested this was a “crucial shift” in the Government’s targets for Brexit negotiations.

He said: “When she spoke about Brexit, what was quite interesting is that there has, I believe, been a shift in the position for the Government.

“Not one single mention of the word Chequers. And mostly mentioning free trade and also wanting to do that deal on free trade with the European Union.

“And asking the European Union essentially to open to the further discussions.

“I think that suggests to me quite strongly that the Prime Minister and the Government recognise that existing Chequers proposal is not acceptable to the EU, is really not acceptable to most MP’s and therefore a shift in what we are asking them for, which is free trade, which is what Barnier said he wanted to give us is pretty much the right track to take.

“So, I am intrigued. I am very supportive of her as she listens now to what is I think, the inevitable, and goes down that road.”

Brexit Leo Varadkar

Brexit: Leo Varadkar is holding talks in Brussels over the Irish border backstop (Image: GETTY)

10.50am update: Wetherspoons boss hits out at the EU

Tim Martin has outlined the key reasons for walking away from the European Union without an agreement as he shut down project fear claims surrounding a no deal Brexit.

The founder and chairman of Wetherspoons warned the European Union is a “protectionist fortress” which “leaves you vulnerable” as he called for Britain to cut its close ties with the Brussels bloc after Brexit.

Speaking to Channel 4 News, the pub chain mogul said: “I think no deal is excellent and another word for no deal is free trade.”

The businessman then hit back at claims prices will soar under the possibility go no deal and said: “It’s a fallacy to say, in any way, that prices will go up if we leave the EU.

“They won’t, they’ll go down provided we opt for free trade.”

10.40am update: Commons leader silent on backing for May after Brexit 

Andrea Leadsom was tight-lipped on whether she would support Theresa May remaining as Prime Minister after Brexit during a television interview. 

The Leader of the House of Commons told ITV’s Peston programme she supports the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal but refused to say whether or not she would back Mrs May once a divorce deal was agreed. 

Mrs Leadsom said: “I just think that politics is a short-term game.

“A week changes a lot. I think she’s had a fantastic day today.

“She’s shown some enormous priorities around future cancer prevention through housing supply and absolutely her commitment to getting a good Brexit.

“And I think that we should all be backing her.”

When asked if it was too early to tell if she would remain Prime Minister after Brexit, Mrs Leadsom said that “it is entirely up to her”.

She added: “She has shown absolute determination, as she should as Prime Minister, to deal with the challenge that remains ahead of us.”

Brexit Emmanuel Macron

Brexit: Emmanuel Macron believes a no-deal would be better than a bad deal for France (Image: GETTY)

10.25am update: Medicine watchdog preparing for no-deal Brexit

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. 

If Britain did leave the EU without an agreement in March, the MHRA would have to operate as a standalone drugs and medical devices regulator. 

It has opened a consultation on how its legislation and regulatory processes would have to be changed. 

MHRA chief executive Ian Hudson said: “In the unlikely event of a no-deal scenario, the UK will strive to be at the forefront of regulatory innovation and processes.

“For example, looking at ways to reduce the length of time required to approve new medicines.”

10.05am update: Pound bounces back after four-week lows 

The pound rose on Thursday following a report Ireland is backing Theresa May’s plan for an all-customs union with the EU.

Sterling had fallen to $ 1.2922 overnight – its weakest since September 10 – but recovered to increase 0.2 percent to $ 1.2967 and 88.61 versus the euro.

The Financial Times reported Ireland is ready to support one of the Prime Minister’s proposals if no other solution to the Irish border issue is found.

MUFG analysts said in a note: “The pound has not weakened as feared during the week of the Conservative Party conference.

“In fact, it has been overshadowed by a report from the FT which suggests that Ireland is backing PM May’s emerging plan for an all-UK customs union with the EU.

“The EU would have to provide some encouragement as well that it is warming to the idea for the pound to stage a rally in the coming weeks.”

9.50am update: France would prefer ‘no-deal Brexit’ to ‘bad deal’

Emmanuel Macron believes a no-deal Brexit would be better for France than a bad deal, according to a leading minister in the country. 

France’s Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau used a Brexiteer mantra while speaking on French radio to describe the country’s feelings towards the direction of Brexit negotiations. 

She said: “No deal would be better than a bad deal.”

The French minister added that “time is running out” for Theresa May to make a deal with Brussels.

Mr Macron has continually stated that by accepting Mrs May’s Chequers deal, it would harm the EU’s single market.

9.25am update: Tory MP submits letter of no confidence in May

Brexiteer James Duddridge has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady because of her refusal to “rip up Chequers”. 

The Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East admitted he has “no confidence” in the Prime Minister being able to deliver Brexit because she is just “not the right person”. 

In his letter, Mr Duddridge said: “Please accept this email as a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.

“I am normally a loyalist, served the Whip Office for nearly 5 years and have never voted against the Government. However, there comes a point that blind loyalty is nor the right way forward.”

He continued: “We need a strong leader, someone who believes in Brexit and someone to deliver what the electorate voted for. The Prime Minister seems incapable of doing this.

“I have not met a single MP who thinks she will lead us into another election after the last disastrous snap election.

“We will fall to cut through on issues other than Brexit until we are beyond Brexit, yet the can is kicked further and further down the road.” 

9.15am update: EU would rather ‘die in battle than reform’ – Farage

Nigel Farage has launched a scathing attack on the EU, claiming Brussels would rather “die in battle” and lose” than reform.

The former Ukip leader shut down calls from Remainers to stay in the European Union and reform – insisting the Brussels bloc will “not surrender”.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Farage said: “There is no reform. They would rather die in battle than reform.

“Because reform would be not accepting that we had to have a new flag, a new anthem, a new army, a new European state because that has been there intention all along.

“They will not surrender any of those goals.

“They will fight on with the absolute belief that they will win because of the money and power that they have got, but they will lose.”

9am update:  Nissan warns no-deal Brexit will have “serious implications” for Britain’s manufacturing industry

Nissan has warned there will be “serious implications” for Britain’s manufacturing industry if Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. 

The Japanese manufacturer, which built nearly a third of Britain’s 1.67m cars last year, operates the country’s largest automotive factory. 

It said in a statement: “Today we are among those companies with major investments in the UK who are still waiting for clarity on what the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU will look like.

“As a sudden change from those rules to the rules of the WTO (World Trade Organisation) will have serious implications for British industry.

“We urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade.”

Brexit Theresa May

Brexit: Theresa May issued a rallying cry to MPs at the Conservative Party conference (Image: GETTY)

8.50am update: RBS boss warns no-deal Brexit could lead to recession

The chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has warned a no-del Brexit could trigger a recession.

Ross McEwan told the BBC any dip in growth would also impact the bank’s profits and share price.

He said: “We are assuming 1-1.5% growth for next year but if we get a bad Brexit then that could be zero or negative and that would affect our profitability and our share price.

“Big businesses are pausing, they are saying that in six months time I’ll have another look at the UK and I might come back, but if it’s really bad I’ll invest elsewhere – that’s the reality of where we are today.”

8.20am update: Varadkar meeting Barnier and Tusk to discuss Irish border

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will hold talks with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels today in an attempt to find a resolution to the Irish border backstop.

This continues to be a major stumbling block in Brexit negotiations, with the EU and Britain so far unable to agree on the shape of a legally binding backstop position that would ensure free movement.

But ahead of meetings in the Belgian capital, Mr Varadkar warned time is running out on Brexit talks.

“The immediate focus of the Irish Government is on the pressing need for agreement on a Withdrawal Agreement, with an operational and legally-binding backstop.

“The Withdrawal Agreement must ensure that, no matter what the outcome of negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and UK, a hard border on the island of Ireland will be avoided.

“This is critically important to reinforce the stability brought about by the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement.

“The negotiations are entering a critical phase, and time is running out. But I believe that an agreement is possible, with the right political will and focus on all sides.”

Brexit Steve Baker

Brexit: Steve Baker warned Theresa May she faces defeat in the Commons with her Chequers plan (Image: GETTY)

8.10am update: Former Brexit minister urges May to avoid political “accident”

Tory Brexiteer Steve Baker has warned Theresa May she faces a humiliating defeat in the Commons if she presses ahead with Chequers plan for Brexit.

The former Brexit minister, who quit in opposition to the proposals, urged her to avoid a political “accident” and rethink her approach to negotiations with Brussels.

He warned even if only half of the Conservative MPs who had indicated their opposition to the blueprint actually vote against it, this would still be enough to defeat the Government.

Mr Baker told ITV’s Peston programme: “We don’t want to have this accident. We are trying very hard to avoid these circumstances arising.

“Voting against a Chequers-based deal would be quite a high bar, I am not going to deny that. But what I am saying is that even if the whips did fantastically well and got the numbers down to 40 it still seems to me that it will be voted down.

“I am trying very hard to avoid that by being very plain with everybody on the record what I expect to happen if a Chequers-based deal comes back.”

8am update: May planning to rush Brexit deal through in weeks

Theresa May wants to rush her final Brexit deal through Parliament in weeks in an attempt to fight off opposition to it from her Conservative Party.

Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, said the Prime Minister’s team want the final withdrawal agreement signed off by lawmakers within two weeks of the terms being agreed with the European Union.

This would see MPs vote on whether to accept or decline her proposals by the beginning of December following a summit of EU leaders on the weekend of November 17-18.

Ministers believe reaching a deal quickly will provide enough time to pass important legislation through Parliament before the UK exits the bloc on March 29.

Leave A Response