British PM Theresa May to lead Brexit talks with EU

25 July, 2018, 21:44 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab

Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to grapple with continuing Cabinet tensions over Brexit strategy as her top team of ministers meet for a special session in Gateshead on Monday.

Mr Raab said: 'I want to make sure we can persuade everyone - grassroots, voters, parliamentary party and ministers, including in the Cabinet - that we've got the best deal and the best plan to get the best deal'.

"So it reconciles, I hope, those ambitions but it also takes into account our experience of the negotiations to date, so it is a far advanced offer".

Labour Brexit spokeswoman Jenny Chapman said: "Dominic Raab has been sidelined by the Prime Minister before he has even had the chance to get his feet under the table".

The pound rose on Wednesday to its highest in a week as traders bet that Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to take control of Brexit negotiations would make it easier to agree a divorce deal with Brussels.

The Europe Unit led by Olly Robbins in the Cabinet Office, which reports direct to the Prime Minister, will have "overall responsibility for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations", drawing on support from Mr Raab's Department for Exiting the European Union, she said.

'You can't have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side.

"We will also discuss the UK's exit from the EU".

Under this deal, regions like the north and Midlands will get investments worth multibillions to reduce the growing economic pressure on London.

He asked if Mr Robbins and Mr Raab should change seats because the civil servant had been made Secretary of State and the minister reduced to the status of his "official".

There are growing fears now that Britain could leave without any deal, and both sides are stepping up contingency plans.

Speaking in the northern English city of Newcastle, May told factory workers that Britain was making sure it was ready for a no-deal Brexit but that she was working to get an agreement that the British parliament would support.

In her written statement to parliament, May said: "It is essential that in navigating the UK's exit from the European Union, the government is organised in the most effective way".

"We warned at the time that it wouldn't work, and that it would need to be rubbed out - here's the proof", he told the House of Commons. This is because the payments are tied to Britain's two-year transition agreement with the EU.

A hardline stance by the British government on the financial settlement could complicate progress, with Raab insisting on the link with the bill and a future agreement.

"By publishing the white paper today, the government is providing further certainty to people, to businesses, here in the United Kingdom and indeed across the European Union", he told MPs.

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