Category Archives: Article 50

Labour wants to amend Brexit bill to give parliament more say

No deal would be ‘worst of all possible worlds’, says shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer

Labour will table amendments to the government’s EU withdrawal bill aimed at preventing the UK from crashing out of Europe without a deal if parliament rejects the outcome of the Brexit talks, Keir Starmer will say on Monday.

In a speech in Birmingham, the shadow Brexit secretary will pledge to work with colleagues from other parties to try to amend the government’s key piece of Brexit legislation in an attempt to strengthen parliament’s say.

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EU Brexit adviser deals blow to Theresa May's free-trade proposal

Stefaan de Rynck says single market requires more than mutual recognition of standards

Theresa May’s chances of securing a deep free-trade deal with the EU were dealt a blow when Stefaan de Rynck, the main adviser to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, stressed that the rules of the single market required far more than her chief proposal – a mutual recognition of standards.

May claimed in her speech last Friday that the UK could negotiate a future trade relationship based on mutual recognition of standards overseen by a third party court, made up of EU and UK nominees.

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Theresa May has won a truce on Brexit – but it won’t last long | Matthew d’Ancona

There’s been peace in the Conservative party since the prime minister’s speech. But the gap between the two sides on Europe is unbridgeable, and fighting will soon flare up again

It’s quiet – too quiet.” It was, I think, John Wayne who first drawled that line of knowing scepticism, in the 1934 B-movie western The Lucky Texan. But it seems no less apt this week, as the Tory prairie remains suspiciously peaceful in response to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit, delivered at the Mansion House on Friday. True, Michael Heseltine has performed his quasi-constitutional role as lord privy Europhile by dismissing the prime minister’s remarks as no more than “phrases, generalisations and platitudes”. There are reports too of a dirty tricks operation at No 10 to undermine the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, (vigorously denied all round).

Related: Theresa May’s Brexit speech: our writers give their verdict | Polly Toynbee, Katy Balls, Maya Goodfellow and John Redwood

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Theresa May delivers her Brexit speech in London – Politics live

Rolling coverage of Theresa May’s Brexit speech, with reaction and analysis

1.42pm GMT

Theresa May is speaking now.

She starts by thanking everyone “going the extra mile to help people” at this time of severe weather.

1.41pm GMT

Mark Carney is here to watch speech from front row. DD is here, Hammond and Greg Clark, but BoJo is stuck in Hungary – stranded by the weather apparently…

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Come to parliament, Sinn Féin, as saviours of Ireland – and Britain | Polly Toynbee

If the Irish party’s members could briefly rescind their Westminster abstinence, they could be heroes of this Brexit impasse

Red lines grow redder and harder by the day on all sides in these intransigent ¡No pasarán! Brexit negotiations. The subtlety, sensitivity and common sense that eventually resolved one of the most intractable of age-old national conflicts with the Good Friday agreement is entirely absent here. Whatever little goodwill existed at the start has blown away on all sides, with Michel Barnier’s brutally unvarnished treaty terms on Wednesday eliciting explosive responses from ever more frantic Brexiteers.

Two of the architects of that masterclass in patience and pragmatism in Ireland, John Major and Tony Blair, vent their incredulity that peace after 30 years of terror and over 3,000 deaths is, in Blair’s words on this morning’s Today programme, “to be sacrificed on the altar of Brexit”. These two remind the forgetful what a phenomenal success it was to persuade republicans on both sides of the border to forgo their ancient claim to the six counties, unless the people of Northern Ireland should themselves choose a united island.

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Theresa May concedes on EU migrants’ residency rights during Brexit transition

Major climbdown revealed by Home Office as EU citizens will have right to settle permanently

Theresa May has conceded that EU migrants who come to Britain during the Brexit transition will have the right to settle permanently in the UK, in a major climbdown over future residency rights.

The concession, slipped out in a Brexit policy paper by the Home Office, also makes clear that EU migrants who arrive after March 2019 will be given a five-year temporary residence permit, not the two-year one that was previously proposed by ministers.

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The UK’s Brexit negotiating tactic is to drive our fellow Europeans mad | Jonathan Freedland

The contortions of the Brexiteers can’t mask a fundamental truth: that London is asking for the impossible

Perhaps it’s all part of a cunning plan. Maybe there’s a secret strategy document stashed in a Downing Street vault, codenamed Operation Wind-up. The classified text will reveal that the UK government’s negotiating tactic is to drive our fellow Europeans mad, to infuriate them through so many contradictions, contortions of logic and outright violations of previous agreements that they’ll end up reduced to a sobbing, gibbering mess, ready to concede to Theresa May whatever she wants, just to make the madness stop.

Related: Theresa May ‘will refuse Brexit deal that threatens UK integrity’

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EU publishes plan to keep Northern Ireland in customs union

Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement expected to throw Brexit negotiations into crisis

The EU has published its plan to effectively keep Northern Ireland in the single market and customs union after Brexit, in a 120-page draft withdrawal agreement that will throw the negotiations into crisis.

The territory of Northern Ireland would be considered part of the EU’s customs territory after Brexit, with checks required on goods coming in from the rest of the UK, under the text produced by the European commission.

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Liam Fox’s shiny new trade deals won’t compensate for hard Brexit | Sam Lowe

If Britain leaves the single market and customs union, the idea that future trade agreements will make up for the losses is for the birds

Liam Fox, the secretary of state for international trade, is right about one thing: a UK-EU customs union would leave the UK “in a worse position that it is now”.

Economically speaking, compared to being a full EU member, a EU-UK customs union would leave us worse off. However, there is little evidence to back his assertion that it would leave us worse off than if we were to follow his plan, and free ourselves to trade with the world.

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