Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Theresa May takes personal control of Brexit negotiations

Theresa May takes personal control of Brexit negotiations

Asked about European Commission comments that there were no arrangements in place for United Kingdom and EU expats in the event of no deal, Mr. Raab said: "Well, I think that's a rather irresponsible thing to be coming from the other side".

"So it reconciles, I hope, those ambitions but it also takes into account our experience of the negotiations to date, so it is a far advanced offer".

But he added that a series of "technical notices" would be published over the summer setting out the possible impact of a no deal Brexit on businesses, British expats and European Union citizens in the UK.

"Without a real change of approach from the European Union negotiators we do now face a real risk of no deal by accident".

There will be no net reduction to staff numbers in Mr Raab's department, she said.

Giving evidence to a committee of MPs shortly after May's announcement, Robbins denied the prime minister would be directly negotiating with Barnier in Brussels.

There are growing fears now that Britain could leave without any deal, and both sides are stepping up contingency plans.

The Foreign Secretary used a visit to Berlin to say that while a failure to achieve a Brexit deal would be "challenging" for the United Kingdom, it would "thrive" in the long term.

Mr Grieve said he did not believe Mrs May is at risk, but added: "The only group that could possibly bring the Prime Minister down is if the group of my hard Brexit colleagues so lose the plot that they decide that is an effective way for them to proceed".

Raab told the same committee that he and Robbins had been working "very closely together from day one to make sure there is one team".

"What we have got is the officials hitherto who have been informing and supporting the negotiation in once place, with a ministerial chain of command clearly set out".

Mr Hunt's trip to Berlin for talks with his German counterpart marks the start of a frenetic round of diplomatic activity for Theresa May's Government as the Prime Minister seeks to build support for her Brexit strategy.

Britain will only pay its European Union divorce bill if the bloc agrees the framework for a future trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary warned in an interview published Sunday. This is because the payments are tied to Britain's two-year transition agreement with the EU. This would allow for the new Bill to pass through Parliament in late 2018 and early 2019. Precise details will not be known until the withdrawal agreement is concluded.

Gerald Mason, senior vice president at Sugars, said told BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House: "In theory the white paper allows the United Kingdom to have an independent trade policy, in practice the mechanism that will be used to jointly police the UK's and EU's tariffs is what we are confused about".

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