Reacting to an update provided by the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in the European Parliament, the former Foreign Secretary tweeted: “This is an important moment. Clearly No10 are negotiating a “backstop” that makes the UK a permanent EU colony.
“We cannot escape EU laws & ECJ until they allow us to – which they may never do. That’s not what the biggest majority in our history voted for #NoColonyStatus.
“This backstop keeps the UK in the Customs Union, keeps Northern Ireland in the single market, and almost certainly enhances NI/GB checks.
“It *will* apply after 2020 unless the EU agrees it won’t. And they will only agree if we keep our rules in lockstep with theirs.”
This is far from #TakeBackControl. In the referendum both sides said Leave meant leaving the customs union & single market. Yet this backstop inevitably means chequers, staying in both, no say in either, and no right to escape
Boris Johnson claimed the backstop “closes off our options” and once again urged the Government to “chuck Chequers now”.
He added: “It means we cannot have no deal / WTO or SuperCanada. Under either our rules could differ from the EU’s – so they will keep us in the backstop instead. It means, in fact, that the only possible deal is Chequers.
“This is far from #TakeBackControl. In the referendum both sides said Leave meant leaving the customs union & single market.
“Yet this backstop inevitably means chequers, staying in both, no say in either, and no right to escape. No10 must #ChuckChequers now.”
Brexit: Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Theresa May’s backstop proposal
9.30pm update: May will be told fishing must be disentangled from free trade
Theresa May will be told by MPs at a Downing Street summit that fishing must be disentangled from any Brexit free trade agreement with the EU.
Conservative MP David Duguid said he would tell the Prime Minister the EU must be rebuffed in its attempts to tue fishing quotas to a free trade deal, witherwise she might be seen as having betrayed fishermen.
He said: “The point is there is no precedent for this anywhere else in the world where a free trade agreement would be tied to natural resources.
“I know from talking to representatives of the EU fisheries sector their demands have lessened as matters have progressed.
“However, it needs to be about zero – anything more than that will be seen as a betrayal.”
8.10pm update: Germany to CHANGE agreed EU citizen rules for expats after Brexit
Angela Merkel is already making plans for British expats living in Germany after Brexit as the German Chancellor steps up preparations for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Berlin is drafting a law which will allow British citizens to keep their original citizenship when they become Germans for as long as a post-Brexit transition period may last.
This is unlike non-EU citizens, who must surrender their original passport.
In a raft of proposed new laws, Germany is also planning to let thousands of small businesses that used EU freedoms to register under British rules to convert to German companies after Brexit.
The law on company registrations affects about 10,000 small businesses in Germany, which chose to register as British limited companies rather than their equivalents under German law because of the lower capital requirements.
Under current regulations, businesses would have to become German limited liability companies (GmbH), forcing them to increase their capital stock to €25,000.
However under new laws, no more capital will be needed when the firms change to register as German companies.
Justice Minister Katarina Barley said about the law, which is due to be adopted at a Wednesday cabinet meeting: “We want to help these companies make the necessary preparations.”
7.40pm update: Merkel welcomes latest progress in Brexit talks
Angela Merkel has welcomed the latest developments in Brexit negotiations and repeated she wants a close relationship with Britain once it leaves the bloc, especially on security matter.
Earlier, Michel Barnier told the European Paliament a Brexit deal was “within reach” in time for a summit of EU leaders in Brussels next Wendesday.
Following a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the German Chancellor told a news conference: “I hope there is progress, apparently there is progress, but sometimes the devil is in the detail – so everything is only worked out when it is all worked out.
“We agree that we want friendly relations with Britain, above all very, very close cooperation in the security policy area
Mr Rutte added: “It is important that happens as orderly as possible.”
7pm update: Hauliers furious at Government for “not listening” to their fears
Hauliers have attacked the Government for “not listening” to their fears after warning they are “very concerned” about Theresa May’s customs plans.
MPs were told the Prime Minister’s proposal for Britain to collect customs levies on behlaf of the EU would be complicated to adminster.
Speaking to the Exiting the EU committee, Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett said the Government “has been slow to listen to our needs”.
He warned the industry is concerned about the additional burdens a facilitated customs arrangement would bring if the UK was to collect levies for the EU.
Mr Burnett added: “In terms of the facilitated customs arrangement, what we have seen so far would suggest it’s quite a complicated process,” he said.
“It certainly would be quite a complicated process for us to administer and that’s one of the things we are very concerned about as an industry.
“Are government listening? No. They are not listening to the concerns that are being raised and the workability of that system.”
Brexit: Boris Johnson claimed the UK will be a “permanent EU colony”
6.40pm update: UK citizens should not be seen as ‘pawns’ in Brexit negotiations
The EU has been warned not to see UK citizens as “pawns” in Brexit negotiations, urging it to provide them with full rights to live and work there, even if Britain tumbles out of the bloc without a deal.
After attending a meeting of the G6 interior ministers in Lyon, Home Secretary Sajid Javid claimed the European Commission should have already secured their right to stay in the Continent.
He also called on France to “clarify” the future status of the 150,000 people living in the country.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Monde, Mr Javid insisted 3.5m EU citizens living in the UK were “part of our economy, but also of our culture, our society”, and would be able to stay, regardless of whether a Brexit deal is agreed.
Asked whether the UK wanted “reciprocity”, the Home Secretary added: “The European Commission says that if there is an agreement they can stay.
“But citizens are not pawns in the negotiation.
“We want the Commission to say as soon as possible that if there is no agreement, they can still stay.
“It should already have been done.
“In France, we welcome what the government has said, but it would be nice to clarify even further the fact that the more than 150,000 Britons present on the territory are welcome.”
Brexit: Angela Merkel, speaking alongside Mark Rutte, welcomed progress in negotiations
6.15pm update: Brexit no-deal would ‘decimate’ meat farming
A Brexit no-deal would “decimate” the meat farming sector becuase of the huge tariffs being imposed.
The warning came during the second reading of the Agriculture Bill, where Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out his plans for the future of farming after Brexit to the Commons.
DUP MP David Simpson warned lamb farmers would be hit with huge tariffs if the UK falls back on WTO rules.
He said: “If we go to WTO in the lamb industry and tariffs were implemented in Northern Ireland, it would decimate the lamb industry overnight.
“We’re talking 14 or 15% tariffs and we’re exporting 90% of our lamb.
“If the right deal isn’t there, we will have major problems with our industry going forward and our sector will be decimated.”
6pm update: ‘Unfriendly’ Brexit could ground flights, warns spending watchdog boss
Flights to Europe could be grounded and key exports stopped in the event of an “unfriendly Brexit”.
Giving evidence to the Commons Exiting the EU Committee, National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse warned many existing arrangements with the EU would require “goodwill” on both sides if they were to continue in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
He rejected claims it was “implausable” to suggest flights could be grounded after March 29, 2019, adding a breakdown could happen by “mistake” as well as by the result of deliberate action.
Sir Amyas said: “It is not implausible. It is not impossible. It could happen by mistake rather than deliberately. It depends upon how friendly or unfriendly the accompanying music is as all this goes on.
“If you say, ‘Well, we’re leaving in March and PS, we’re going to take a very tough attitude, you can take us to court for whatever money you want from us and it is not impossible to think of scenarios where people might not be terribly helpfully disposed to us.
“The point about all of these arrangements is they do require mutual goodwill to put them in place.”
Michel Barnier said Brexit is a “lose-lose game where nobody stands to win”
5.45pm update: Ford to make ‘tough decisions’ in European factories
Ford has announced it will be making “tough decisions” in its European factories to seek profitability.
This is according to a spokesman at the Almussafes factory in Valencia.
He told Europa Press the future measures pursue “reducing costs in all areas” and will involve “less people”.
he announcement followed a management meeting in Cologne on Tuesday with representatives of the company committees of its manufacturing plants in Europe.
Further details will be revealed following the next meeting on November 15 where executives will look at the situation factory-by-factory but have predicted “tough decisions” will have to be made.
5.25pm update: Pharmceuticals boss says problems inevitable with Brexit no-deal
The head of Britain’s pharmaceuticals industry has warned problems are inevitable if Britain tumbles out of the EU without a deal, putting drug stocks and approvals at risk.
Companies are preparing for the worst, but the complexity of the industry’s supply chains and lack of clarity over transfer of files for medicnes undergoing regulatory review is incresing difficulty with planning.
Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, told a committee of lawmakers: “The scale of what we are trying to do means that some things will go wrong because we are trying to replan a whole industry in a very short space of time.
“I’m not really convinced that everybody has fully understood what we are setting ourselves up for
5pm update: Pound SOARS to three-month high against dollar
Pound sterling has soared to a three-and-a-half-month high against the dollar after Michel Barnier said a Brexit agreement could be complete by a summit of EU leaders in Brussels next Wednesday.
The currency rose 0.5 percent to $ 1.3210 and increased 0.2 percent against the euro at 87.31 pence.
Miles Eakers, chief market analyst at FX and payments specialist Centtrip, said: “The pound has gained strength. A deal will mean companies can finally start to plan ahead.
“This should boost consumer spending, corporate profits and economic growth.”
Chris Turner, head of foreign exchange at ING, added: “We’ve been here before with Brexit hopes but this pound move might have a little further to run, especially against the Australian and New Zealand dollars.”
May defends her Brexit negotiations in PMQs
4.40pm update: Brexit “lose-lose game where nobody stands to win” – Barnier
Michel Barnier has labelled Brexit a “lose-lose game where nobody stands to win”.
Commenting on whanting an “orderly witdrawal and minimising the cost for companies” he said: “That is why a no deal has never been our scenario.
“Even in the event of an agreement, European companies have to adjust on account of the UK’s choice. This will not be business as usual.
“This vote is a pity, it’s a shame, it is better that we are all together.
“Brexit brings no added-value whatsoever.
“This is a negative negotiation and a lose-lose game where nobody stands to win and its result is so important for the future of Europe as a whole.”
4.20pm update: Barnier provides update on customs and VAT checks but admits these are politically difficult”
Michel Barnier said Brexit would trigger the need for customs, VAT and compliance checks with European Union standards between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but admitted these are politically difficult”.
He added customs declarations could be filled in advance online and the “only visible systematic checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK would involve scanning the bar codes on lorries or containers, which should be done on ferries or in transit ports”.
For industrial goods, this could be done by “market surveillance authorities” in company premises but checks on animals and animal-derived products would still have to take place on the border.
Mr Barnier said: “Our challenge is to make sure that these procedures are as easy as possible and not burdensome, particularly for small and medium business.”
He admitted such cheks were “politically difficult” but said it was a consequence of Britons voting to leave the EU.
Brexit: Dominic Raab could meet Michel Barnier again as soon as Monday
4.10pm update: EU and UK have agreed “checks cannot be performed at the border”
Michel Barnier set out details of the EU’s proposals for arrangements to prevent a hard border in Ireland.
He said: “The UK wants to leave and will leave the single market and the customs union.
“This means that there must be checks on goods travelling between the EU and the UK, checks that do not exist today – customs and VAT checks and compliance checks with our standards to protect our consumers, our economic traders and to protect your businesses.”
Mr Barnier said the EU and UK have agreed these checks “cannot be performed at the border” and the EU proposes to carry them out “in the least intrusive way possible.
He added under the European Commission’s backstop plan for the Irish border, customs and VAT checks would be carried out using existing customs transit procedures, to avoid the need for physical inspections at the border.
4pm update: Deal ‘within reach’ by October 17 summit – Barnier
Michel Barnier provided a huge boost in Brexit negotiations after saying a deal with the UK is within reach by next Wednesday.
EU leaders will meet in Brussels on October 17 to discuss a possible Brexit deal with Britain.
Officials and diplomats have said they hope to be able to agree a final withdrawal treaty offer which Theresa May can accept in principle.
This would then pave the way for a special summit on November 17-18 to complete the terms for a political declaration on thew future trading relationship.
Providing an update on negotiations in the European Parliament, Mr Barnier said: “We have objectives that have been set by the 27 member states and an agreement is within reach by October 17 at the next European Council meeting.
“That is why we are interested in maximising an orderly withdrawal and minimising the cost of withdrawal.”
Brexit: Sajid Javid has warned the EU not to see UK citizens as ‘pawns’ in negotiations
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2:50pm update: Barack Obama’s deputy Joe Biden has said Brexit threatens to undermine the US role in western security
The former US vice president said Brexit is an “intractable” problem, and one that threatens to undermine America’s role as a major player in the security of the west.
Mr Biden said: “US interests are diminished with Great Britain not an integral part of Europe and bringing to bear influence well beyond the economy, on the European attitudes towards a whole range of subjects.
“It seems to me that there is a growing awareness in Europe as a whole and around the world that Britain played a role in Europe over the last 30 years that went well beyond the notion of open borders, trade and all these other things – being able to influence attitudes about things that have nothing to do with the elements of the EU state.”
2pm update: DUP vows to oppose any new barriers to trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Treasury minister Mel Stride said: “The Prime Minister’s position has always been crystal clear on this issue of no border down the Irish Sea, we have said it many, many times.”
Tory MP, Mr Stride added: “I’m not going to get into the specifics of what may or may not be going on in the negotiations at the moment, other than to say that I am extremely confident from all that I know, that I have seen and all the discussions that I have had, that there will be a very, very firm position taken on this.”
12:33pm update: Theresa May has said it is “our duty” to respect the Brexit referendum
Theresa May urged MPs to act in the national interest when voting on any Brexit deal she brings back to the House of Commons and stressed it was their “duty” to implement the result of the referendum.
During PMQs, she said: “I would hope that everybody across this whole House will put the national interest first, that everybody across this whole House will look not only at a good deal for the future of the UK but will also remember that having given the decision as to whether we stay in the European Union or not to the British people – the British people having voted to leave – it is our duty to ensure that we leave.
“What we are working to is to ensure we have a good agreement for the UK an agreement that delivers on the vote people took in the referendum to leave the EU to bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court, to bring an end to free movement, to being an end to the vast amounts of money we send to the EU.
“But that does it in a way that protects jobs that ensures there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.
“When we come back with a deal I would hope everybody across this whole house would put the national interest first.
“I would hope everybody across this whole house will look not only at a good deal for the future of the United Kingdom but also remember that having given the decision to the British people and the British people voting to leave it is our duty to ensure that we leave.”
It comes after Tory MP Ken Clarke asked about a “meaningful vote” in Parliament on a a deal Mrs May returns from Brussels with during Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mr Clarke said that the “maths makes it obvious” that Mr May’s final Brexit deal will have to be supported by pro-EU MPs from both sides of the house and not those with “hardline views”, including “right-wing nationalists in our party”.
But Mrs May said she hoped she could come back with a deal both sides would be happy with.
12:28pm May vows UK fishing industry will be ‘independent coastal state’
MP Alistair Carmichael questions May about the fishing deal after Brexit during PMQs.
To which, Mrs May said: “The fishing industry is important in the UK and as we go through the negotiations and we will be an independent coastal state and we will seek a fairer share of quotas”.
11:45pm update: Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab could meet Michel Barnier in Brussels if a deal is closer
BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Twittter: “IF, it can be made to work, then likely Raab will appear alongside Barnier in Brussels on Monday.
“Next week is about showing enough progress for a deal, potentially to be done at special summit in November”.
11:30am update: Financial services minister says City of London will continue to flourish after Brexit
John Glen told a committee in the House of Lords: “My sole objective in respect of the City is to ensure as much continuation as possible in respect of economic value able to be generated by the City.
“We have not seen wholesale moves of large institutions to other cities in continental Europe”.
Mr Glen also said that a no-deal Brexit would not be as difficult as some many anticipate.
10:30am update: Market watchdog opens public consultation on contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said they have launched a paper setting out how EU firms can continue with business in the UK after Brexit.
The FCA said: “The paper sets out how European Economic Area firms and investment funds can continue to carry on regulated business in or into the UK for a limited period after Brexit while seeking full authorisation in the UK.
“The regime will only be available from 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without an implementation period”.
Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker are in Brussels for a weekly meeting
10am update: Theresa May is planning to compromise further with Chequers to appease EU
Mrs May will try her best to compromise more when she attends next week’s crunch summit in Brussels, where the question of the Irish border will be at the top of the agenda.
This comes as the former Brexit Secretary David Davis has said that the Tory Party would not get the vote through the House of Commons if Mrs May sticks with her Chequers plan.
The Prime Minister will meet with ministers on Tuesday to discuss Britain leaving the EU.
9:30am update: Cabinet minister Matt Hancock calls for unity behind Theresa May
The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hanock, said: “I think that the Prime Minister is doing an excellent job in difficult circumstances and I think that she has got to make the judgments about how we land a good deal, so I’m backing the Prime Minister to get a good deal and I think the whole nation should get behind her.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are entering the end phase of these negotiations, we all know that EU negotiations tend to run up to the last minute and the person to make the judgments on getting the best deal in the national interest is the Prime Minister.”
Theresa May has made it clear that the Irish Border issue needs a solution
9am update: Imperial College in London has a ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit
The university is planning a post-Brexit arrangement with a German university where staff will be employed by both universities.
Imperial College is hoping that by doing this it will keep access to EU research funding for UK academics.
The staff will have a form of academic dual nationality.
The steps come as universities in the UK are concerned about losing access to research network after Brexit.
8am update: Brexiteer renews calls for £39m divorce bill to be spent on UK economy
MP John Redwood has demanded that the cash be spent on domestic “priorities” rather than billions be sent to the EU as part of the withdrawal deal.
Mr Redwood has said that the UK should just leave without signing an agreement which would mean the UK would need to hand over billions to the EU.