Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

British PM to meet business chiefs on Brexit

British PM to meet business chiefs on Brexit

Ms Girling, who like Mr Ashworth and Mr Fox opposed Brexit during last year's referendum, defended her decision to vote with the overwhelming majority in Strasbourg on a non-binding resolution that urged European Union leaders not to accept London's request for talks on post-Brexit trade without further concessions.

May's office said she stressed the importance of engaging with the business community to design the proposed implementation arrangements, and promised to have continued meetings with a wide variety of business voices.

May could draw some comfort from the support of Denmark's finance minister Kristian Jensen, who urged the European Union to stop playing a "game" and come to a compromise with the UK.

Jensen called for compromise, saying "this will never be a 100 percent win for one side or the other side".

The problem for Theresa May is that it's obvious to both her revolting MPs and Cabinet, and the Europeans, that she is making an idle threat in an effort to try and look strong, but unfortunately all it has done is shown just how weak and desperate she is.

But EU officials have stubbornly refused to so far, claiming that not enough progress has been made on the Brexit divorce bill. The EU has all but ruled out moving on to trade talks at a summit next week, as not enough progress has been made on issues such as how much the United Kingdom owes the bloc when it leaves.

"You need to factor in that it's not a rational process", the senior European Union official said, repeating a common view that voting for Brexit made no economic sense in the first place.

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It also said the new customs rules should avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and establish an independent global trade policy.

Winter/spring - If talks are proceeding to plan, negotiators can be expected to be getting into the nitty-gritty on how future trade relations will work while ironing out final details of the divorce deal.

May told lawmakers in the House of Commons that a speech she made in Florence last month was designed "to move the negotiations forward, and that is exactly what has happened".

The PM's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister said after her speech in Florence that the intention was to create momentum".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of making a mess of the Brexit negotiations.

"We think the prime minister should stand aside now voluntarily so there can be a leadership election as soon as possible", Shapps told Bloomberg in a phone interview. "It will not remove it, it will definitely be a cost and the question is can we negotiate enough market access so that that cost is at the margin, is a few thousand people and not tens of thousands". But the European Commission responded before May even had the opportunity to address her own Parliament, insisting that the ball, in fact, remained firmly in the UK's court and that it was their turn to make concessions.

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