World UK's Brexit blueprint to be published

06:26  12 july  2018
06:26  12 july  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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Theresa May and other cabinet ministers at Cheques last Friday: The proposals were approved by cabinet last Friday but soon led to a big political fallout© PA The proposals were approved by cabinet last Friday but soon led to a big political fallout A long-awaited blueprint for the UK's relations with the EU will be published later, with ministers vowing to deliver a "practical and principled" Brexit.

The "comprehensive vision" for future trade and co-operation is aimed at ensuring global trade deals and no hard border in Northern Ireland.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said it would respect the result of the 2016 Brexit vote and address business needs.

The EU's chief negotiator has insisted the proposals must be workable.

The UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, more than two and half years after the public voted by a margin of 51.9% to 48.1% for Brexit, in a referendum.

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The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019, but ministers have not yet agreed how to replace the current membership of the customs union, which In February, the government published a Brexit White Paper after pressure from Labour. Responding to news of the new publication , shadow Brexit

Theresa May will attempt to seize the initiative over Brexit by next month, setting out her detailed blueprint for Britain’s future links with the European Union. However, before the white paper can be published , Mrs May will need to unite her divided ministers behind a single proposal for the UK ’ s

The two sides are negotiating outstanding issues related to its departure as well as the outline of their future relationship once a proposed transition period comes to an end, on 31 December 2020.

Both are aiming for an agreement by October, to allow enough time for the UK and European parliaments to vote on what is decided.

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK initiative needed to be compatible with EU guidelines and not create extra costs and red tape.

He said: "We will look carefully at each and any proposal of UK, but these proposals must be workable."

Why is this document so important?

Reuters Cars waiting to board a ship for export in the Spanish port of Valencia A free trade zone for goods is at the heart of the proposals 1

It is a set of proposals the government hopes will be the foundation of the UK's future relationship with the EU.

It lays out, in more detail than has ever been seen before, how the UK would like to trade and co-operate with the EU for years and decades to come.

The White Paper, reportedly delayed for several months amid disagreements between ministers, was finally approved by Theresa May's cabinet at her country residence, Chequers, last week.

Cars waiting to board a ship for export in the Spanish port of Valencia: A free trade zone for goods is at the heart of the proposals© Reuters A free trade zone for goods is at the heart of the proposals The main points are:
  • The UK will maintain a "common rulebook" for all goods traded with the EU, including agricultural products
  • A treaty will be signed committing the UK to "continued harmonisation" with EU rules - avoiding friction at the UK-EU border, including Northern Ireland
  • Parliament will oversee the UK's trade policy and have the ability to "choose" to diverge from the EU rules
  • There will be different arrangements for services, with greater regulatory flexibility
  • A "joint institutional framework" will be established to interpret UK-EU agreements
  • The European Court of Justice will no longer have jurisdiction in the UK - but UK courts will have to pay "due regard" to EU case law in areas of complete alignment with EU rules
  • The borders between the UK and EU will be treated as a "combined customs territory"
  • The free movement of people between the UK and the Continent will end
  • A "mobility framework" will be set up to allow UK and EU citizens to travel to each other's territories

Mr Raab, who replaced David Davis on Monday, said it struck the right balance between protecting existing arrangements with the EU and freeing up the UK to look further afield.

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Britain must give Brussels a clear Brexit blueprint to allow negotiations to move forward, according to the European Union’ s chief Brexit negotiator. All those involved "know where the EU stands" but "more clarity" is still needed from the UK , Michel Barnier said.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab: Dominic Raab is fronting the plans after David Davis quit earlier this week© Getty Images Dominic Raab is fronting the plans after David Davis quit earlier this week "This government is determined to make sure the UK is ready to lead the industries of the future and seize the opportunities of global trade," he said.

"At the same time, we need to cater for the deeply integrated supply chains that criss-cross the UK and EU and which have developed over our 40 years of membership.

"It is a vision that respects the result of the referendum and delivers a principled and practical result."

This is far from the final deal, only the UK's opening offer to the EU's 27 other members. The EU has welcomed its publication and said it will respond when it has seen the plans in detail.

Are the Tories united behind this?

Getty Images Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab Dominic Raab is fronting the plans after David Davis quit earlier this week 1

Far from it - it has already triggered two major cabinet resignations as Theresa May made it clear that all her ministers must support the package or stand down.

In his resignation letter, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned the "Brexit dream was dying". Mr Davis said the proposals were a "compromise too far" and would effectively mean the UK remaining in the EU.

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The decision to publish the document, expected to be more than 100 pages long A Cabinet source said the blueprint will "allow the UK to go and actually negotiate". It is expected to flesh out ideas floated by the Prime Minister in her keynote Brexit speeches at the Mansion House and in Florence.

Other Tories have quit in protest and, amid claims No 10 has taken control of the process and marginalised the Brexit department, there has been talk of other resignations unless the government rethinks its plans.

Many Brexit-backing Tory MPs are worried the proposals will inevitably be watered down during the negotiations and the UK will have to accept further concessions.

There are also those who backed Remain in the referendum and argue the proposal is the "worst of all worlds" in that the UK would remain tied to the EU without having any say in how it operates or makes new laws.

Leading Brexiteers who have stayed in their jobs insist it is consistent with what people voted for in 2016.

"What we were asked to do was have no free movement, no EU jurisdiction, no continued payments to the EU, no customs union and no single market," International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Wednesday.

What are others saying?

Labour has said the plan is a fudge already starting to unravel.

It wants the UK to stay in some form of customs union with the EU and for European citizens to get preferential treatment under new migration rules.

It will force a series of votes on these issues when the customs and trade bills come before Parliament, a moment which could also see rebellions by Tories.

Business, which has been calling for greater clarity for months, has welcomed the plans for close alignment over goods. But some remain unconvinced about how the customs plans, which ministers hope will avoid checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, will work.

At a Commons hearing on Wednesday, Mr Fox conceded they had "never been tested before" and it was unclear whether they would be acceptable to the World Trade Organization.

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