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May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

Responding to the conditions for a Brexit deal set out by the Labour leader in a letter last week, Mrs May told Mr Corbyn: "It is good to see that we agree that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union with a deal and that the urgent task at hand is to find a deal that honours our commitments to the people of Northern Ireland, can command support in Parliament and can be negotiated with the EU - not to seek an election or second referendum".

The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when Parliament is set to debate and vote on next moves in the Brexit process.

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.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel says the U.K.is a "disunited kingdom" where pro-Brexit politicians lack ideas and courage.

DIT says that with the agreement the British auto industry, which has consistently warned against a no-deal Brexit, could avoid up to £8m a year in tariff charges on their exports that would apply if the agreement had not been reached.

It is planned he will have dinner with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier later this evening.

Laughing as he spoke, he said: "It is, in fact, the same protagonists for Brexit and a no-deal who do not have the courage either to put the issue to a peoples' vote".

The government has signed a trade deal with Switzerland, heralded as the most significant such agreement in the run-up to Brexit.




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

"We shouldn't be put in a position where the clock is run down and the prime minister says it's either my deal or even worse", Labour's Brexit pointman Keir Starmer told The Sunday Times.

Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but its relations with Britain are based on a long line of bilateral agreements between Bern and the bloc.

Anti-Brexit protestor outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London.

Justice Minister Rory Stewart told the BBC on Monday that differences between the two aren't as great as some suggest, but the government can't accept a customs union that would prevent Britain from negotiating trade deals with other countries.

Back in 2017 the Brexiteer and disgraced former defence minister declared confidently that a trade deal with the European Union would be "one of the easiest in human history".

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. They suggested it was now time for Jeremy Corbyn to do so.