Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

United Kingdom signs Swiss trade deal as heat grows on Liam Fox

United Kingdom signs Swiss trade deal as heat grows on Liam Fox

May's hopes of cobbling together a majority were boosted on Monday as the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said he would be willing to accept a deal with a time-limited backstop.

She will ask MPs for more time to get changes to the deal in talks with Brussels - but Labour has accused her of "cynically" running down the clock.

The BBC Politics host Jo Coburn then asked what the EU's response had been to pleas from nations to renegotiate effectively with the UK.

Barnier says that if "the United Kingdom wants to show greater ambition, we are also immediately ready.to be more ambitious" in a political declaration on their future ties.

Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge this week to give parliament another chance to voice their opinions on Brexit by February 27 as she tries to buy more time to negotiate a new deal with the European Union.

Economists say a no-deal Brexit would affect more than 100,000 jobs in Germany that depend on trade with Britain, with the auto industry hardest hit.

Conservative lawmakers are likely to give May more time to negotiate, meaning that nothing changes after Thursday's vote, and the government keeps pursuing its plan to change the exit agreement and put a deal to parliament as soon as possible.

"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir told The Sunday Times.

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Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times newspaper that his party would seek to use the debate in parliament this week to prevent May from waiting until the last minute to come back with a deal, and compel her to present a fresh accord for lawmakers to consider before February 26.

The PM had been expected to deliver her statement on Wednesday ahead of a Commons debate on Thursday, but her official spokesman said the earlier timing would "give Parliament a couple of days to digest the content".

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Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but its relations with Britain are based on a long line of bilateral agreements between Bern and the bloc.

Today, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay met members of the Alternative Arrangements Working Group of Tories drawn from all sides of the party who have been seeking a compromise solution to avoid the necessity for the backstop.

Stephen O'Flaherty, Chair ACCA Ireland, said Ireland found itself in the eye of an worldwide storm with Brexit and the European Union must maintain support for the Irish economy.

It comes after Theresa May was warned that up to 40 ministers could resign if they were not given a vote against a no-deal Brexit.

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