May accused of pursuing ‘cut and paste’ Brexit over trade deals

May accused of pursuing ‘cut and paste’ Brexit over trade deals

Theresa May has been accused of pursuing a “cut and paste” Brexit, after saying the EU’s free trade deals could form the basis of Britain’s agreements once it has left the bloc. The Prime Minister, who is currently in Japan on a three-day trip to talk about post-Brexit trade and investment, said she wanted to use the trade agreement being finalised between Brussels and Tokyo as the starting point for a future pact with Britain….

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Davis summons bosses to Chevening for new round of Brexit talks

Davis summons bosses to Chevening for new round of Brexit talks

Business leaders have been invited to Chevening House for talks next month with the Brexit Secretary. Some of Britain’s top company bosses have been summoned for talks with David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, amid mounting private sector concerns over the scope of a potential transition deal. Sky News has learnt that the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has circulated invitations this week to captains of industry to discuss the series of position papers…

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EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker criticises UK’s ‘unsatisfactory’ Brexit papers

The third round of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU got under way with tension, disagreement and a sense of stalemate. The President of the European Commission has said none of the Brexit position papers published by the UK are “satisfactory” and that an enormous number of issues remain unsettled. Speaking to a conference of European Union Ambassadors, Jean-Claude Juncker echoed the pessimistic tone struck by his Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Speaking in French,…

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EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

EU’s Brexit chief Michel Barnier: UK must start negotiating seriously

The EU’s Brexit chief says it needs the UK’s positions on all issues and that it must start negotiating seriously. Speaking as the third round of Brexit talks began in Brussels, Michel Barnier voiced “concern” that time was passing quickly before the Article 50 deadline. Brexit secretary David Davis responded that progress required flexibility and imagination on both sides. More follows…

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‘Flexibility and imagination’ needed for new Brexit talks, says David Davis

‘Flexibility and imagination’ needed for new Brexit talks, says David Davis

David Davis has called on the EU to demonstrate “flexibility and imagination” as the third round of Brexit talks begins in Brussels. The Brexit Secretary wants to broaden discussions beyond our divorce from the European Union to include future trade relations. And while both sides accept progress has been made on the issues of citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the so-called “divorce bill”, the European Union insists there has not been enough progress. Michel…

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Brexit will create some 80,000 jobs, says report – in Frankfurt, not UK

Brexit will create some 80,000 jobs, says report – in Frankfurt, not UK

Brexit will finally deliver the jobs boom that has been promised – just not in the UK. According to a new report, some 80,000 jobs will be created in Frankfurt because of the expected relocation of financial and banking services from London after the UK leaves the EU. The report by lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance assesses Brexit’s impact on non-financial job growth, looking at the ripple effect on industries such as real estate, auto…

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Deportation letters sent to EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

Deportation letters sent to  EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

An investigation has been launched after 100 deportation letters were sent in error to EU citizens living in the UK. A Home Office spokesperson said “a limited number of letters” were sent by mistake and the department is “urgently looking into why this happened”. They added: “We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it. “We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK…

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May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

May: Supreme Court will be ultimate arbiter of UK law after Brexit

The Supreme Court will be the ultimate arbiter of law in the UK after Brexit, Theresa May has said. The PM was speaking ahead of the publication of a paper that will set out the Government’s position on a new legal framework for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. The paper will say that “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice will end when Britain’s membership in the EU ends in March 2019. But…

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May accused of Brexit climbdown over role of European Court of Justice

May accused of Brexit climbdown over role of European Court of Justice

Britain could still be subject to some rulings by the European Court of Justice after Brexit, after an apparent climbdown by Theresa May. A Government blueprint on how the UK will treat rulings by the court will say its “direct jurisdiction” will end when Britain leaves the EU. That appears to fall short of the Prime Minister’s pledge in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit in January and will anger hardline Tory Brexiteers. The Government…

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Theresa May declines to be drawn on Brexit talks delay claim

Theresa May declines to be drawn on Brexit talks delay claim

Theresa May has said there is still “a lot to be done” in Brexit negotiations – and did not deny suggestions the next phase of the talks could be delayed. The Prime Minister was asked about a report by Sky’s Political Editor Faisal Islam, who said Cabinet ministers involved in the talks have indicated that the next phase may not get under way until December – two months later than planned. Sky sources have suggested…

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