UK Premier May downgrades Brexit department

  • UK Premier May downgrades Brexit department

UK Premier May downgrades Brexit department

"I will lead the negotiations with the European Union, with the secretary of state for exiting the European Union deputising on my behalf", May said as she appointed herself as the lead negotiator and Dominic Raab, the newly appointed Brexit head, as her deputy.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the proposed legislation would deliver a "smooth and orderly" Brexit.

"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".

"We're making sure, both in the allocation of money, £3billion allocated last budget, through operational things like hiring extra border staff, through legal arrangements both domestic, but also treaty arrangements, we're ready for any and every eventuality".

"Far from being anxious about preparations that we're making".

Ex-Brexit secretary David Davis, who resigned in protest at the Chequers plan and was said to have a turbulent relationship with Mr Robbins, has claimed his former department was working on alternative proposals but they were never presented to ministers.

As part of the government's commitment to overhaul transport in the region, the Prime Minister will confirm an investment of up to £780 million for major upgrades to the East Coast Main Line from 2019, to be completed in the early 2020s.

According to a report from the Financial Times, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, last Friday told European Union ministers that the financial services elements of May's Brexit plans could not be accepted as they threatened to rob the bloc's "decision-making autonomy" when it comes to finance.

Mr Raab appeared alongside the Prime Minister' Europe adviser Olly Robbins in front of MPs amid increasing Brexiteer concerns about the influence of the senior civil servant.

Some commentators portrayed the overall 52-48 percent vote to leave as provincial voters seeking to knock "metropolitan elites" in London, which voted strongly in favour of staying in the bloc. But that is what the Chequers White Paper means. The financial sector accounts for 12 per cent of Britain's economic output, but McFarlane said the government's dismissal of the sector's preferred plans for access to the European Union single market post-Brexit will not be as destructive as some commentators have predicted.

She said: "What I see is people focusing their minds now on the impact the future relationship will have on their economies as well as ours". "We now know they are not going to be met". "Now we're going to be wasting money on a whole department to prepare for the increasingly likely no-deal nightmare".