EU court throws out case seeking annulment of Brexit talks

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28 November, 2018

Theresa May's hopes of getting her Brexit deal through the Commons have been dealt a major blow after US President Donald Trump said it may harm trade with America. And that wouldn't be a good thing. The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, claims that United Kingdom would have to open talks on "joint sovereignty" of Gibraltar while Theresa May said that she is proud that Gibraltar is British.

"After we leave the European Union in March next year, we will take up our independent seat at the (World Trade Organization) where we will play an active role in negotiations and be strong advocates for the rules-based global trading system", the blog said.

Amid demands from British lawmakers for May to seek a better deal from the European Union, a step Brussels has said it will not countenance, her de-facto deputy David Lidington told Sky News: "If the vote were today, it would be a hard one to win, but I think that we have time between now and (Dec. 11) to make the case".

"We have a working group set up and that is working very well, has met several times and is continuing to work with the USA on this".

Influential Conservative right-winger Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a group of several dozen eurosceptic lawmakers, said Britain should not be anxious about preparing to leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement if parliament rejects May's deal.

Yet May might be more disconcerted by the seemingly growing and clearly more vocal chorus of resentment from her own Conservative Party.

May faced her toughest test yet Monday as she started her task of "selling" her Brexit deal to disgruntled MPs in the House of Commons.

Asked if she could survive a defeat on her Withdrawal Agreement, he added: "Each of us has to make that decision on December 11".

Mr Corbyn said: "The Prime Minister says if we reject this deal, it will take us back to square one".

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The MP for Sevenoaks, until now seen as a May loyalist, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "My fear is that this deal gives us the worst of all worlds - no guarantee of smooth trade in the future and no ability to reduce the tariffs that we need to conclude trade deals with the rest of the world".

"It would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail", she will warn lawmakers.

The prime minister on Tuesday morning headed to Wales before her trips to Northern Ireland and Scotland later this week, followed by travels in England in a week's time after she returns from the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

Mrs Foster also said that if the deal was accepted by parliament, the DUP would review its confidence & supply agreement with the Tories.

Meanwhile, Downing Street chief of staff Gavin Barwell and effective deputy prime minister David Lidington invited opposition MPs to a briefing on the agreement.

May, who ducked televised debates during the 2017 snap general election, challenged Corbyn to a TV contest, nominally planned for Dec 9.

In an interview with the Sun, he said would have done the Brexit negotiations "much differently" and claimed the PM had not listened to his advice.

Britain's economic growth has slowed since the 2016 Brexit vote, largely in line NIESR's pre-referendum projections of the impact of a "Leave" vote, but not by as much as many forecasters predicted.


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