EU law states that a trade deal cannot be made with the UK until after it has left the union.
Renew has been launched with the goal of stopping Brexit from becoming a reality.
Free market fundamentalists are on the march again. The Policy Exchange think tank - which used to have a direct line to government and even now enjoys extraordinary influence - published a report this morning demanding Britain unilaterally reduce its tariffs as part of a potent new Britannia-rules-the-waves trading adventure. The report suggests a phased reduction of tariffs on all items from any country on earth.
Brussels has reportedly told British negotiators that there will be a shorter transition period than requested.
Theresa May has been criticised for failing to guarantee that the US won't have access to NHS contracts a
After a weekend of newspaper rumours about threats to Theresa May from a “dream team” of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg, No.10 announced that the UK was “categorically” leaving the customs union. The trouble with this policy is that the government also wants frictionless trade with Europe - something which relies on membership of the customs union. It’s also a response to a relatively new type of manufacturing process, which makes stoppages at the border ruinous for many companies.
The British public are becoming more and more negative towards how Brexit is going, a poll by ICM and the Guardian suggests.
Tory MP Zac Goldsmith shared a copy of the poison pen letter sent to a Brexit-supporting constituent on Twitter.
Immigration into the UK after Brexit could fall by just 40,000 people a year, according to leaked documents
The civil service spent weeks producing detailed assessments on the impact of Brexit – held in such tight secrecy that they were to only be shown to a select few Cabinet ministers, one at a time – and inevitably, elements of them have leaked, in this case to BuzzFeed’s Alberto Nardelli. The headline figures contained in the document suggests a hard Brexit could leave the UK economy eight per cent smaller than it would otherwise be in fifteen years’ time. The softest of Brexits – staying in the single market and customs union – would leave the economy two per cent smaller, while somewhere between the two would be five per cent smaller than the status quo.
As ever, Theresa May has prioritised short term headlines over long term strategy. She simply will not learn. She is incapable of self-improvement. She is making all the same mistakes in the second phase of negotiation which she made in the first.
As Robert Peston reported, the work was collated from various departments via the Government Economic Service and the analysis done by the economics team at DExEU. Unless we are going to give up on the idea of governments trying to work out what the impacts of their actions are, we will want reports like this. Brexit will impact the UK negatively in every sector, in every part of the country.
The German chancellor is said to have left journalists at the briefing at the World Economic Forum “laughing uproariously”.