Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Labour will challenge UK PM May on her Brexit deal,…

Labour will challenge UK PM May on her Brexit deal,…

The BBC reports a Cabinet source as saying the agreement was not a firm decision, and there would be room for "light touch migration" for European Union nationals as part of a trade deal with the EU.

Mr Raab hit back, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I think that's not the kind of language of either statesmanship or friendship, particularly at a summit".

The prime minister said the government's White Paper remained the only plan on the table which achieves the goals of frictionless trade and an open border in Ireland.

Criticism of the prime minister's Chequers strategy from key Eurosceptics has ramped up in recent days, with former Brexit secretary David Davis and chairman of the ERG Jacob Rees-Mogg both backing a proposal put forward by the Institute of Economic Affairs based on the EU-Canada trade agreement.

However a spokesman for May ruled out moving towards a Canada-style deal, warning it would not prevent a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

"At this late stage in the negotiations, it is not acceptable to simply reject the other side's proposals without a detailed explanation and counter proposals", said May.


He had suggested the party would nearly certainly vote against any deal the prime minister might strike with the EU. The Mirror also said Corbyn would reluctantly back holding another European Union referendum if the conference wants it.

"That is not in the national interest, what we are doing is in the national interest".

"In those circumstances the prime minister would then want to renegotiate along the lines of a free trade agreement, but far better that she pivots to that free trade agreement now before trying to take Chequers to the House of Commons and losing".

"If it is based on Chequers then myself and my colleagues in the ERG can not vote for Chequers because we believe it doesn't represent Brexit", the former defence minister told BBC Radio 4's World at One.

Its report states it is working off the assumption the Common Travel Area between the United Kingdom and Ireland will continue after Brexit, so "any future restrictions on EEA migration will not apply to the Irish".

Later on Tuesday evening in NY, the prime minister will join French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an event to promote access to education for girls around the globe.

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