British PM meets Dutch counterpart in key Brexit week

Pauline Gross
July 6, 2018

In a fresh warning on Tuesday, Mr Rees-Mogg said MPs would not vote for a Brexit deal which failed to meet Mrs May's stated red lines of leaving the single market, customs union and jurisdiction of the European courts.

Business confidence and investment intentions will continue to deteriorate until Prime Minister Theresa May ends the bickering in her cabinet and delivers "urgent clarity on the practical, detailed issues that underpin trade", the British chambers of commerce (BCC) said. We have convened all across the United Kingdom to ensure that every business community's Brexit concerns can be heard by elected representatives and officials.

On Friday, May will gather her warring ministers at her Chequers country retreat, aiming to thrash out their differences on how close economically Britain should remain to the European Union, ahead of the release of a formal policy proposal next week.

"But as the prime minister has said, we can't give a running commentary in public on a matter where we are in intensive discussions with our European interlocutors".

"We will publish next week a White Paper with details about the proposals for our future relationship (with the EU), and that will include matters relating to customs and Northern Ireland", May said in the House of Commons when she faced a barrage of questions about Brexit.

Philip Hammond has called for the concerns of business to be taken seriously ahead of Friday's key Chequers Brexit summit. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt responded by calling Airbus's warning "completely inappropriate", while Boris Johnson, the Brexit-supporting foreign secretary, was cited in the United Kingdom media as saying "f*** business".

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The EU has rejected previous British proposals for trade with the bloc after Brexit, saying Britain can not both quit the EU and retain the main economic benefits of membership.

Cabinet tensions are high ahead of the Chequers gathering, with the potential for Brexiteer ministers such as Mr Johnson to quit unless they get their way.

A government official said he would not comment on speculation before the meeting.

Mark Rutte has urged his British counterpart Theresa May to provide more clarity on Brexit with less than nine months to go until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. "All the prime minister says on Brexit is, 'We need clarity about our future relationship.' Yes we do: we've been waiting for over two years for any clarity from this government".

"We are now looking forward to the White Paper from the United Kingdom, and we very much hope that it will bring the necessary clarity, realism, and impetus to these negotiations", Tusk told MEPs.

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