Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ministers indicate new chance to vote on May's Brexit deal

Ministers indicate new chance to vote on May's Brexit deal

The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, signed the UK-Switzerland agreement in Bern today (Monday 11th February) with Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.

However, other European Union agreements on equivalency in certain areas like agriculture and customs can not be replicated in their entirety at this stage, said a government statement.

"One of May's Conservative predecessors, John Major, last week described Brexit as the "worst foreign policy decision since the Second World War" and dismissed suggestions the fractious divorce from Brussels could herald a return of the country's wartime 'Blitz spirit", which would help Britain overcome the wrenching dislocation of crashing out. British lawmakers in January overwhelmingly rejected the deal she had agreed with Brussels past year.

In 2017, the United Kingdom was the sixth-biggest market for Swiss exports (CHF11.4 billion, $11.36 billion) and the eighth-largest source of imports (CHF6 billion).

They have also signed a deal to preserve the rights of some 43,000 British nationals living in Switzerland and the 35,000 Swiss living in Britain after Brexit.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority said Monday that registration usually takes around two weeks, It warned the time frame "can rise significantly if many businesses register at the last minute because of a no-deal Brexit".

He said the government was looking at all options in this area after Brexit and the impacts they could have on different sectors.

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The prime minister wrote a letter to opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn Sunday, responding to Corbyn's suggestion that Labour might support a Brexit deal if it ensured membership of a customs union -allowing tariff-free trade to continue with the EU after Brexit.

Among the countries the Department has signed a trade deal with include Switzerland, which guarantees future trading terms between the two countries following Brexit.

Seven of Britain's top 10 export markets are in the European Union, with Germany second behind the United States.

The accord follows a Swiss "Mind the Gap" strategy developed after British voters approved Brexit.

Meanwhile, the British parliament is preparing for a Brexit debate on Thursday in which amendments to May's deal are expected to be tabled. "Tonight I will repeat the EU's positions".

Aside from the risks of a no-deal Brexit, the Bank of England predicts that Britain will this year see its weakest growth in a decade, partly due to the uncertainty accompanying Britain's departure from the bloc after 40 years of membership.

Mrs May described discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels as "robust but constructive" and insisted she was determined to "negotiate hard" over the coming days to secure legally-binding changes to the Agreement which will render it acceptable to Parliament.

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