Labor Will Challenge UK PM on Brexit Deal, Corbyn Says

Marco Green
September 24, 2018

The Sun went much further: "EU Dirty Rats - Euro mobsters ambush May", it said alongside a mocked up picture of French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Donald Tusk cast as American gangsters with guns.

He followed it up by posting a photograph on Instagram of he and Mrs May looking at cakes with the caption: "A piece of cake, perhaps?"

May's "Chequers plan" - named for the prime minister's country retreat where it was hammered out in July - aims to keep the the European Union single market for goods but not services, in order to ensure free trade with the bloc and an open border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland. "What we say is we must prepare for that", she added.

1 When is the Brexit deadline?

Juncker said the situation between Britain and the European Union should not be "overdramatised".

Theresa May has urged top Tories to "hold their nerve" as Brexit negotiations falter, amid reports that two of her aides have plotted a November general election.

Former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb was more angry at European Union leaders, who he said had sought to "belittle" Mrs May in Salzburg.

2 What is the transition period?

The EU wants to make sure the remaining 27 members do not follow Britain's example by trying to leave while preserving the benefits of free trade. If there is no divorce agreement, there will be no transition.

Future trade barriers could increase costs for certain sectors and may require customs checks, which poses a problem for the Irish border.

In London, the pro-Brexit Daily Telegraph reported May faced the prospect of ministerial resignations next week if she failed to come up with an alternative to the "Chequers" Brexit plan that she presented in Austria.

The other option was a looser Canada-style free trade agreement - but allowing Northern Ireland to stay within the bloc's customs jurisdiction.

The EU insists on its own "legally binding Irish backstop" - what it describes as an insurance policy to prevent a hard border, if no other solution can be found.

He underlined the Prime Minister's warning in a televised address on Friday that she was ready to walk away from the negotiations rather than accept a "bad deal".

The pound plummeted following Mrs May's speech, giving up four days of gains on the United States dollar to shed 1.5% and close at 1.30 in London.

That message was picked up yesterday and taken a step further by Mr Hunt in an appearance on the BBC's Today radio programme.

She warned the leaders were "making a mistake" if they thought she would back down on her red lines, and said failure to compromise would poison relations completely.

He said: "Rather than negotiating constructively with Brussels, the Tories seem more comfortable fighting among themselves, while Ruth Davidson has done nothing but pay lip service to a Prime Minister wildly out of her depth".

She said: "The Prime Minister's statement was terrible".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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