What could be the consequences of a no deal Brexit?

What could be the consequences of a no deal Brexit? Open Europe’s Henry Newman was on the BBC 2’s Daily Politics programme on July 20 discussing the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without reaching an agreement, and the impact of a no deal Brexit scenario. He appeared on the programme with former Labour Head of Communications Tom Baldwin and the Guardian’s political correspondent Jessica Elgot. The post What could be the consequences of a no deal Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe. Source: Europe

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Brexit Secretary: Brexit divorce bill should be conditional on UK-EU trade deal

Brexit Secretary: Brexit divorce bill should be conditional on UK-EU trade deal Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph that the UK would seek to ensure its exit payment of £39 billion is conditional upon reaching a future trade agreement with the EU. He explained that the Article 50 mechanism requires both a withdrawal agreement as well as an outline of the future UK-EU relationship. Raab argued, “You can’t have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to…

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European Commission document warns of effects of no-deal Brexit

European Commission document warns of effects of no-deal Brexit The European Commission yesterday published a briefing on preparations for a no deal Brexit. It notes that “in the absence of an agreement on a withdrawal agreement…there will be no transition period and EU law will cease to apply to and in the United Kingdom as of 30 March 2019.” It warns that under this scenario, “There would be no specific arrangement in place for EU citizens in the United Kingdom, or for UK citizens in the European Union.” It also…

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Government’s Brexit White Paper will be the basis for negotiations with the EU, says May

Government’s Brexit White Paper will be the basis for negotiations with the EU, says May Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday defended the Government’s Brexit plans in the House of Commons, saying, "We are negotiating with the EU on the basis of the Chequers agreement and the White Paper and those discussions have been started this week." Elsewhere, giving evidence to the Liaison Committee, May said that she continues to believe "’no deal’ would be better than a bad deal," adding, "Some have suggested that we would be prepared to pay…

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There is no majority in the Commons for any single Brexit option

There is no majority in the Commons for any single Brexit option Following the Commons vote on amendments to the Trade Bill where the Government narrowly avoided defeat, Open Europe’s Henry Newman was on the BBC News’ Beyond 100 Days programme on 17 July to discuss the divisions over Brexit in Parliament. He appeared alongside the Spectator’s political correspondent Katy Balls. The post There is no majority in the Commons for any single Brexit option appeared first on Open Europe. Source: Europe

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Government avoids defeat on Trade Bill amendment to seek a UK-EU customs union

Government avoids defeat on Trade Bill amendment to seek a UK-EU customs union The government yesterday avoided defeat on a key customs union amendment to the Trade Bill by 307 to 301. The amendment, tabled by Conservative MP Stephen Hammond, would have forced the government to negotiate to stay in a customs union with the EU if agreement for a UK-EU free trade area had not been achieved by 21 January next year. 12 Conservative MPs voted against the government. One rebel MP later said that Conservative whips had threatened to "pull…

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Government narrowly avoids defeat on key customs amendments

Government narrowly avoids defeat on key customs amendments The government yesterday narrowly avoided defeat on two amendments to its Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill. It faced a backlash from Remain-supporting MPs after accepting amendments tabled by Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs that could make it difficult to secure its preferred customs agreement with the EU. An amendment to prevent the UK from collecting duties on behalf of the EU without reciprocity passed by 305 to 302, with fourteen Conservative MPs voting against the government. A second that prevents the UK from joining the…

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The Brexit White Paper offers a compromise approach for negotiations, but seems to have little support in Parliament

The Brexit White Paper offers a compromise approach for negotiations, but seems to have little support in Parliament The government’s Brexit White Paper presents a compromise plan that could move negotiations forward. However, the proposal has faced a very rough landing domestically. The post The Brexit White Paper offers a compromise approach for negotiations, but seems to have little support in Parliament appeared first on Open Europe. Source: Europe

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May: “We need to come together” behind Government’s Brexit plan

May: “We need to come together” behind Government’s Brexit plan Calling MPS and the public to support the Government’s Brexit plan published in a White Paper last week, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote in the Mail on Sunday, “I am yet to see a workable alternative future trading arrangement that would deliver on our commitments to Northern Ireland, preserve the constitutional integrity of the UK and deliver on the result of the referendum…So I believe we need to come together behind our plan.” She added, “My message to the country…

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The Chequers Brexit plan has been a profound compromise for the Government

The Chequers Brexit plan has been a profound compromise for the Government Open Europe’s Director Henry Newman gave evidence to the House of Commons’ Exiting the European Union Committee on July 11. Below is a brief summary of the session. The post The Chequers Brexit plan has been a profound compromise for the Government appeared first on Open Europe. Source: Europe

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