Pressure on Fox as United Kingdom signs trade deal with Switzerland

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 11, 2019

They have also signed a deal to preserve the rights of some 43,000 British nationals living in Switzerland and the 35,000 Swiss residing in Britain after Brexit. "That gives that sense of timetable, clarity and goal on what we're doing".

"If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then parliament would have that further opportunity [to vote] by no later than February 27", he said.

Meanwhile, the British parliament is preparing for a Brexit debate on Thursday in which amendments to May's deal are expected to be tabled.

Brokenshire's promise of another vote two weeks later is created to discourage lawmakers from binding the government's hands this week.

Ministers have conceded in private meetings with business leaders that they will not be able to replace all of the deals before the Brexit deadline on 29 March, meaning a large proportion of United Kingdom exports could shift to World Trade Organization rules.

It comes as shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told The Sunday Times that Labour already plans to force another vote on the deal, accusing Mrs May of "running down the clock" and only offering MPs a "binary choice".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister setting out five demands that would have to be met for his MPs to support a deal, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market.

But in efforts to build cross-party support for a Brexit deal, she offered flexibility on Corbyn's calls to keep up with European Union measures to protect the environment and workers' rights, asking for further talks with Labour "as soon as possible".

May's Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Warsaw this week.

May will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker again before the end of February "to take stock" of talks.

The sides are stuck on the issue of how to keep the Irish border open after Britain leaves.

Previous deals have been signed with Chile (Stuttgart: 704599.SG - news), Israel and the Faroe Islands, but critics have claimed that too little progress has been made in securing agreements with vital trading partners.

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