United Kingdom set to publish Brexit plan that sparked rebellion

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

Asked about Trump's comments, May said: "We're delivering on the vote of the British people to take back control of our money, our laws and our borders".

His highly controversial remarks came at the end of a day in which he had already waded deeply into the Brexit row over May's Brexit vision.

But the paper conceded that City firms will lose their "passporting" rights to operate freely across the European Union, once Britain exits the bloc's single market after Brexit in March 2018.

The plan has infuriated fervent Brexit supporters, who think it would limit Britain's ability to strike new trade deals around the world.

Johnson isn't the only politician to have quit over May's Brexit plans, as ministers David Davis and Steve Baker also quit the government in protest.

When it comes to leaving the European Union, the prime minister has to do separate deals - one with the European Union and another with her own truculent MPs.

He criticised Mrs May for the way she handled negotiations over Brexit negotiations, saying "she didn't listen to me" and that the deal she is pursuing "is not what the people voted on" and will affect trade with the United States "in a negative way".

Mrs May's long-awaited plan met immediate resistance from Brexiteers in her own party, with Jacob Rees-Mogg declaring that it failed to respect the result of the 2016 referendum. "That is exactly what we will do".

Trump said that one of them, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, "would be a great Prime Minister". "I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way".

The US president did not have such glowing words for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, however.

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During the dinner, they reaffirmed their strong alliance and vowed to jointly fight against terrorism and Russian aggression. It was "up to the people" whether or not they want May to stay as Prime Minister, he added.

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Presenter Andrew Neil said Mr Farage's hand "was all over the article" in The Sun, to which the MEP said: 'Oh, on balance they're probably more Eurosceptic than I am'.

Trump said he would be spending little time in London because of protests against him planned there, which an include a blimp made to look like an infant version of the president.

When Mr Neil asked Mr Farage if the US President said anything "factually accurate" during his extraordinary North Atlantic Treaty Organisation press conference yesterday he responded: 'You need to always take Donald Trump seriously but not always literally.

Trump, who has compared the June 2016 referendum in which a majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union to his own election that year, accused May of abandoning British voters with her Brexit plans.

May's plan "will definitely affect trade with the United States, unfortunately in a negative way".

Addressing the 100-strong group, the prime minister said there was an "unprecedented" opportunity to do a deal that boosted jobs and growth in both countries. But on Thursday they said they welcomed the plan and would study it closely. Such a resolution would avoid disruption to automakers and other manufacturers that source parts from multiple countries.

Protesters gathered outside the entrance to Blenheim Palace ahead of the scheduled dinner.

It would use technology to apply British tariffs to goods intended for Britain, and the EU's tariffs on those intended for the bloc.

But services including financial services such as accounting and insurance account for three-quarters of the British economy. Services will be based on WTO rules, but the United Kingdom wants to secure a "new economic and regulatory arrangement with the European Union on financial services".

Around £1.4 trillion ($1.85 billion/1.58 billion euros) of assets are managed in Britain for European clients, the government's "white paper" notes, and the City hosts most of the EU's trading for banks and insurance companies.

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