Brexit Secretary David Davis will call for a “deal like no other in history” as he heads to Brussels to launch negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.
May has said she is open to some kind of association agreement with the customs union and wants to avoid any so-called “cliff-edge” into uncertain trading conditions, but she has also said Britain must be able to control immigration – something it can not do while a member of the EU.
Anxious by immigration and loss of sovereignty, Britain past year voted to end its decades-old membership of the 28-country bloc – the first state ever to do so – in a shock referendum result.
The negotiations kick off in Brussels on Monday with Britain under pressure for stalling the talks and entering the negotiations without a working parliamentary majority fully in place. But the government will double the length of the session to let lawmakers debate Britain’s approach to Brexit without interruption.
Amid reports that May is set to make a “generous offer” on the rights of European Union citizens remaining in Britain, the source said London had been warned against doing so this week, on the grounds that it could drag up the thorny issue before talks had really got going.
The government is due to present its legislative programme at the opening of parliament on Wednesday, which will be followed by a key confidence vote several days later.
Having lost a majority in parliament, May is in talks with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to secure the support of its 10 lawmakers to win any kind of vote, including on the pieces of legislation needed to enact Britain’s divorce from the EU. A deal like no other in history.
“We will leave the customs union when we leave the European Union”.
Many in business, concerned that former interior minister May will prioritize controlling immigration over preferential access to the European Union’s lucrative single market, hope an emboldened Hammond will mean their voices are listened to.
Such criticism would have been unthinkable before the June 8 election, in which the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn capitalized on its opposition to austerity cuts, leaving May scrambling to shore up a minority government.
“If we’re going to radically change the way we work together, we need to get there via a slope, not via a cliff edge”, he said.
Gabriel said “it would naturally be best if Britain didn’t leave at all”.