Anti-Brexit protesters march for new referendum

Marco Green
June 25, 2018

The government has consistently said it wants as "frictionless" a trade deal with the European Union as possible.

"But two years later, all we've got are broken promises, an economy that's already feeling the strain of Brexit and a government paralyzed by internal divisions", he said.

"Work is going on all these things for both the negotiated outcome and if something goes wrong", Mr Davis said.

Writing in The Sun, Johnson urged against a "bog-roll Brexit", British slang for toilet paper, and called on his boss to "fulfil the mandate of the people and deliver a full British Brexit". The British government says it is confident of getting a good deal for industry.

"People have seen politicians making a cataclysmic mess of a really bad deal they didn't vote for, or even a no deal they didn't vote for", said a spokesman for the campaign.

Nearly two-thirds of Britons believe they should have a final say on the Brexit deal, according to a poll published this week, although it is still unclear what would happen the government's deal were rejected. Smaller parties, including the Greens and the centrist Liberal Democrats, support having a new Brexit vote. "We seriously believe a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic".

Sixty former cabinet ministers, MPs, economists and business figures signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to issue orders to departments to accelerate planning for Britain to operate under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules if a deal can not be done. Others, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, want to keep closely aligned to the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner.

Hunt also dismissed criticism of government claims that the £20bn spending boost to the NHS would come partly from a "Brexit dividend" - which the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said does not exist, given economic forecasts about the impact on growth of leaving the EU.

Amid the uncertainty, European Union leaders are growing frustrated with what they see as a lack of firm proposals from the U.K about future relations.

Hunt said the best way for businesses to achieve the "clarity and certainty" they needed was to back the prime minister in her negotiations with Brussels. A paper setting out the U.K. government position on future relations, due to be published this month, has been delayed until July because the Cabinet can not agree on a united stance.

Airbus CEO Tom Williams has warned the plane manufacturing giant could pull out of the United Kingdom with the loss of thousands of jobs in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

May's team is about to enter into the next round of negotiations with European Union counterparts, but is still to define exactly what it wants from Britain's future relationship with the continent, particularly in the area of customs regulation.

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