Jeremy Hunt: Real risk of accidental no-deal Brexit

25 July, 2018, 21:44 | Author: Donnie King
  • Theresa May control Brexit negotiations with Dominic Raab deputising

An opinion poll found voters would prefer Boris Johnson, who withdrew from office as foreign minister two weeks ago, to negotiate with the European Union and lead the Conservative Party in the next elections.

May told MPs about her decision in a written answer to the House of Commons as it was preparing to close for its long summer recess.

Mr Raab said he and the PM discussed "what we do to make sure we have the optimum arrangements - one team, one negotiation, clear chain of command - that would put us in the very best professional position to get the best deal".

Mr Raab said the publication of the white paper will allow "maximum scrutiny" of the government's plans by Parliament.

Dominic Raab has insisted he will not "wallow in pessimism" about the Brexit process as Eurosceptics voiced concerns his department was being sidelined by Number 10.

"The Brexit bill is not a payment for future rights".

May said on Tuesday that her office would now lead Brexit negotiations rather than the dedicated Brexit ministry, giving the currency a boost.

"I will be deputising for the Prime Minister in the negotiations".

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, said that that was a "huge understatement" and that the government's flagship EU (Withdrawal) Act needed "major surgery".




"DExEU will continue to lead on all of the Government's preparations for Brexit: domestic preparations in both a deal and a no-deal scenario, all of the necessary legislation, and preparations for the negotiations to implement the detail of the Future Framework", she said.

The Cabinet Office, the department which supports the prime minister, "will have overall responsibility for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations".

"If that is designed in a way that works for businesses like ours and we really can take advantage of trade deals that the United Kingdom strikes then that's great, if it's not then it's true, we would have a trade policy in principle but not in practice".

The man stepping into David Davis's shoes certainly has a lot on his plate, taking the reins of the UK's Brexit negotiations just as things get really serious.

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.

Meanwhile, the Government published details of the legislation it plans to use to implement the withdrawal agreement taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union next March.

European Union diplomats have warned that any move by Dominic Raab to link payment of the £39billion Brexit bill to a free trade deal would damage hard-won trust between Britain and the bloc.

Germany's foreign ministry is proposing that Britons who apply for German citizenship before the end of the Brexit transition period should be able to keep both passports.

Raab told the BBC on Sunday the withdrawal agreement could be reached by October if the bloc matched Britain's "energy, ambition and pragmatism".

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