February 25, 2018

#Brexit: Britain offers two options for future customs ties with EU

09 February 2018, 01:57 | Darnell Patrick

GETTYBrexit news Ashley Fox hit back at Michel Barnier's claim UK hasn't made demands clear

Brexit news Ashley Fox and Michel Barnier

But a government spokesman pushed back on the claim, highlighting how Sky's reporting was only part of the analysis the British government has undertaken, and does not reflect the UK's negotiating position with Brussels.

Among the MPs present at the meeting, held behind closed doors, were former Cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel, former minister John Hayes and hardline Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen.

Mr Davis was responding to a draft European Union paper that suggested suspending Britain's access to the single market in the event of a dispute between the two sides during the transition.

Among those attending a meeting hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May will be the heads of carmakers Nissan, Honda and Toyota, which employ thousands in the UK.

At its annual general meeting, shareholders approved changes to its articles of association to ensure the company would remain EU-owned and controlled after Brexit, thereby allowing easyJet to continue to fly between and within European Union countries.

The EU's leaked position paper, entitled Transitional Arrangements in the Withdrawal Agreement, lays out in legal language the EU's terms for the transition period, including its insistence that British officials and politicians will play no role in decision-making institutions after 29 March 2019.

Five British expats and two expat organisations - Brexpats - Hear our Voice and the Commercial Anglo Dutch Society - last month took the Dutch government to court.

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'Together these provide a solid foundation for the negotiations on the implementation period which have begun this week with the aim of reaching agreement by March European Council'.

"As future trade negotiations get underway, we look forward to working with our peers across the EU27 on how the IRSG's proposals can benefit the entire continent".

The draft treaty would allow Britain to merely "watch" the development of law, "strictly at the EU's invitation".

The plaintiffs argued they have independent rights as European Union citizens, over and above being citizens of any specific European Union member country - including Britain.

A ruling that they do not could have a dramatic impact on the Brexit negotiations, meaning potentially that Britons in countries like France would keep all the benefits of EU freedom of movement as now, unconditionally, whether the United Kingdom remains in the union or not and whatever deal is agreed.

He said that the outcome of the case would be "profoundly important" for British people living in the European Union, adding that he was heartened by the attitude of the Dutch court. But Malloch-Brown defended the campaign, saying it was "perfectly reasonable" that Members of Parliament should have a chance to think again about going ahead with Brexit.

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