Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

UK's May taking personal control of Brexit talks

UK's May taking personal control of Brexit talks

In a statement released following the talks, the German foreign ministry said that numerous proposals in Theresa May's Brexit White Paper "raise questions on both sides of the Channel" which would have to be examined by the European Commission.

"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".

The latest round of talks will continue on Thursday when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab holds another meeting with Michel Barnier.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Theresa May revealed her latest plans for Britain's relationship with the European Union after its scheduled departure in March next year.

He says "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 ought to be trying to reassure citizens on the continent and also here".

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

Civil servants working on the negotiations will be brought together in the Cabinet Office Europe Unit headed by Olly Robbins - who reports direct to the Prime Minister - while Mr Raab's Department for Exiting the European Union will focus on preparations for life after Brexit.

Raab told the same committee that he and Robbins had been working "very closely together from day one to make sure there is one team".

Amid a growing backlash, 38 percent of respondents said they would back a new right-wing party committed to Brexit.

Speaking after a gathering of business bigwigs at the Government's grace-and-favour pad at Cheveney, a source told the Times that Raab had a "lot more grip" than Davis, who stormed out of the Cabinet last month with a stinging attack on Theresa May's entire Brexit strategy.

The ministry led by Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, ostensibly the public face of the negotiations, will instead focus on domestic preparations for Brexit, including the risk of reaching no deal.

Dominic Raab also warned the United Kingdom could refuse to pay its £39 billion divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal. This is because the payments are tied to Britain's two-year transition agreement with the EU.

Mr Raab repeated the Government's intention to finalise the withdrawal agreement, as well as a political declaration on future UK-EU relations, in October.

"We're hiring extra border staff, and I think people need to know that actually we're ready so that Britain can thrive whatever happens".

In Brussels, officials will discuss the future relationship, the Ireland-Northern Ireland situation and the remaining issues in the withdrawal agreement.

He added that the prospect of people being removed from the United Kingdom was "far-fetched and fanciful" and said it would be "frankly irrational" for the European Union to go for the "worst case scenario" of no deal.

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