Published: Fri, August 09, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

The Guardian view on a Brexit deal: stop posturing and try talking

The Guardian view on a Brexit deal: stop posturing and try talking

"Whatever happens, while we remain ready and willing to negotiate, the European Union must appreciate we are leaving on October 31, deal or no deal".

The Irish government will offer firms 6,000 euros ($6,730) per trainee - up to a maximum of 10 per company - as well as a free training program for all eligible customs agents, intermediaries and affected businesses as it said the country will not have enough agents to help firms file returns if Britain crashes out without a deal.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he will take the United Kingdom out of the bloc on October 31 come what may, even without a transitional deal needed to pave the way for future relations with the EU.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prioritised securing global post-Brexit trade deals, in contrast to his predecessor Theresa May, whose own negotiating team was criticised in leaked documents by the Americans for failing to get the right people in the room.

"I'm deeply saddened that the European Union now seem to be refusing to negotiate with the United Kingdom", he told Sky News.

"What I am saying is it doesn't end on October 31".

"But I think if the EU's position is that there can be no change to the withdrawal agreement, then that would be a choice that they've made, and that makes it very hard to see how we can move a negotiation forward".

Cyprus affected by British Airways IT glitch
BA is due to restart talks with the pilots' union this week in what has been called a "last-ditch attempt" to avert the walkout. As of approximately 13:00 (GMT +1), BA was able to restore the normal system at the airport.

"There are many ways by which a no-deal can be avoided". A leaked report last week suggested talks over a free trade deal with the U.S. were "in jeopardy".

Mr Raab is on a three-day trip to North America to "fire-up" trade, and in a statement said: "I was delighted to meet the president and the vice president on my first visit to Washington as Foreign Secretary".

"The president (Donald Trump) himself has expressed his enthusiasm for a UK-US deal".

"The US is our biggest trading partner and we have more than $1 trillion invested in each other's economies".

However, she stressed: "European Union position remains unchanged. the deal we have achieved is the best possible deal".

At any other time, such talk would be dismissed as outlandish but the chaos around Brexit has brought us to the point where accepted norms are being ignored and the usual rules jettisoned.

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