Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

European Union rejects three-pronged British approach to new ties after Brexit

Gove says May's Brexit meeting 'agreed on the way forward' Labour MPs Confident Brexit Can Be Voted Down and Blocked
Steve Townsend | 24 February, 2018, 06:50

Ms Thornberry told LBC: "If we were, during these negotiations, to say to the European Union, if you want to negotiate with third parties, with third countries, we could be connected to that agreement, and it would be to the advantage of Europe that you have a great big economy like Britain as part of your negotiations".

"I am glad that the United Kingdom government seems to be moving towards a more detailed position", Mr Tusk said.

Members of both the Conservative and Labour Parties desire a Hard Brexit, but their reasons for doing so differ wildly from each other.

"It is clear that the priorities are linked with the size of the budget, and in this context we need to address the revenue gap caused by Brexit".

But the leaders are also likely to reject a European Parliament demand that the leaders choose the next head of the European Commission only from among lead candidates chosen by the main political groups in the legislature.

Tory Brexit rebel Anna Soubry, who has tabled the customs union amendment, said she has cross-party support and called on Labour to back it, tweeting: "It would be in the national interest if the government & official Opposition also backed it".

Germany, Spain and France are ready to pay more.

Ahead of Friday's meeting, set to run for only around five hours in Brussels, EU lawmakers said they want to slim down their assembly from 751 seats to 705.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: "We are committed to controlled and sustainable migration - bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands".

The EU's current seven-year budget of nearly one trillion euros runs out in 2020 and leaders need to negotiate a new multi-year spending plan starting in 2021.

The legal text sets out Britain's proposals for a transitional agreement to take effect after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.

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"But this question wasn't discussed in detail".

But Tusk said he had received "only positive reactions to this opinion".

"There was a very, very good atmosphere and we agreed on the way forward", said Michael Gove, the environment minister and a leading Brexiteer.

"Becoming a lead candidate of one of the European Parliament parties does not eliminate you from the race for Commission president, it might increase your chances, but it can not be, and will not be, a guarantee of becoming the president of the Commission", the official said.

The parliament wants the same system for 2019 but this time with a guarantee that its candidate will be chosen.

MEPs argued that it was a more democratic method.

Their warnings have been dismissed as scaremongering by dissident Tories who insist they are pressing for an arrangement that best protects British businesses and jobs.

While addressing the Munich Security Conference last Saturday, British prime minister, Theresa May, called for talks with the European Union about a new security treaty once London leaves the bloc.

Mr Gualtieri, who is the Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, said the Prime Minister's speech next week will allow the European Union to outline their Brexit guidelines.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has met with her Cabinet ministers at Chequers to hammer out the government's definitive position on a post-Brexit relationship while having to deny claims that it is seeking an open-ended transition period between March 2019 and the final severing of institutional ties with Brussels.

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