Brexit plan: What white paper means for sovereignty, immigration and money

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

"There was always going to be a moment in time that was needed for the British Prime Minister to show her authority because she had a very divided cabinet on her approach to Brexit".

The European Court of Justice will no longer have jurisdiction in the United Kingdom but the United Kingdom courts will have to pay "due regard" to its rulings.

They "didn't represent the majority of opinion in the conservative party or house of commons", he said.

Former Labour minister Ben Bradshaw could be seen throwing copies of the document to MPs on his own bench - at which point Mr Bercow chose to suspend sitting for five minutes to give MPs time to read it, before Mr Raab was able to resume his speech.

Two senior cabinet ministers, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned in protest against cabinets agreed new future relationship plans with the EU.

The white paper repeatedly states that freedom of movement will come to an end after Brexit, but says further details on the UK's new immigration policy will be produced after the Migration Advisory Committee has released its report in September.

That plan seems to go against comments made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Wednesday.

At the centre of the plan are proposals for a free trade area for goods including agricultural goods, which involve a "common rulebook" with the EU.

In the foreword to the 120-page document Mr Raab, who replaced Mr Davis on Monday, will say: 'It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum, and delivers a principled and practical Brexit'.

"For those that are either criticising or carping or whatever else, they need to come back with credible alternatives", Raab told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme.

Once the paper is published, it will be looked over by the EU. The UK has spoken of boosting the Commonwealth and forging a free trade pact with India after Brexit, but that will not be easy if Britain refuses to budge from its tough position on movement of people and visas.

Some MPs have already expressed concern that by pursuing a looser arrangement with the rest of the European Union on services it means a "hard Brexit" for the majority of the economy while the goods sector stays closely tied to the single market, although technically not inside it. Market players will now focus not only on EU's response to the document but also on May's leadership and a possible no-confidence vote, after already skipping one shortly ago.

They are also anxious that such close alignment to European Union rules will make trade deals with other countries impossible and that the fiendishly complicated scheme will take years to implement, effectively tying the United Kingdom into an endless transition period with the EU.

"If not, they too will be held to account".

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