Theresa May told to keep Britain in the customs union indefinitely after Brexit

Theresa May told to keep Britain in the customs union indefinitely after Brexit

Brexit committee chair, Hilary Benn MP. REUTERS/Neil Hall LONDON — Theresa May should keep Britain in the customs union for as long as it takes to implement an alternative customs arrangement, a cross-party committee of MPs has urged. The Brexit select committee — chaired by Labour’s Hilary Benn — has published a report in which…

The EU tells Theresa May her Brexit border plan isn’t good enough to secure a deal

The EU tells Theresa May her Brexit border plan isn’t good enough to secure a deal

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne LONDON — European leaders have warned Theresa May that her new proposal for avoiding a hard border with Ireland would be unacceptable in its current form, potentially scuppering any Brexit deal. The prime minister is set to say to…

Theresa May says UK will sign up to a ‚future customs union’ with the EU after Brexit

Theresa May says UK will sign up to a ‚future customs union’ with the EU after Brexit

LONDON — Theresa May sparked confusion on Wednesday after suggesting that Britain would sign up to a „future customs union” with the EU after Brexit. The government is officially committed to leaving the existing EU customs union and is opposed to the Labour party’s policy of establishing a new one. However, there were numerous reports…

Theresa May’s Brexit customs plans could be illegal

Theresa May’s Brexit customs plans could be illegal

Theresa May. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez LONDON — Theresa May has been privately warned by her own Brexit Secretary that her plans for new customs relations with the European Union after Brexit may be illegal. David Davis has reportedly written to the prime minister warning that her plans for a „customs partnership” with the EU, in which…

Exclusive: Theresa May’s Brexit plans are ‚undeliverable’ warns former head of UK civil service

Exclusive: Theresa May’s Brexit plans are ‚undeliverable’ warns former head of UK civil service

LONDON — Theresa May’s government is „heading at full steam towards an undeliverable goal” in its attempt to implement her Brexit customs plans by 2020, the former head of the UK civil service has told Business Insider. „We haven’t sorted out a deliverable version of the ‚end state’ of Brexit because there isn’t a deliverable…

Theresa May’s Irish border plans are a ‚pipe-dream’ which could wreck peace in Northern Ireland

Theresa May’s Irish border plans are a ‚pipe-dream’ which could wreck peace in Northern Ireland

A bus crossing along the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. Charles McQuillan / Getty LONDON — Theresa May’s proposals to avoid a hard Brexit border with Ireland are a „pipe-dream” which risk creating a „horrendous situation” for the peace process in Northern Ireland, a former senior UK diplomat has said. Lord David Hannay, a…

Theresa May suffers yet more Brexit defeats as rebel Tory and Labour peers join forces on single market

Theresa May suffers yet more Brexit defeats as rebel Tory and Labour peers join forces on single market

Theresa May. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Theresa May’s Brexit plans suffered mutliple fresh defeats on Tuesday, as peers voted to try and force the UK to commit to retaining close ties to the EU single market after Brexit. On Tuesday, the House of Lords — the unelected upper chamber which scrutinises legislation — voted on several more…

Why Theresa May is heading for a major Brexit U-turn on the customs union

Why Theresa May is heading for a major Brexit U-turn on the customs union

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to supporters during a visit to Finchley Conservatives in Barnet, following the local elections on May 4, 2018 in London, England Toby Melville – WPA Pool / Getty Images LONDON — Theresa May’s high-stakes discussions with her Brexit war cabinet this week looked like a victory for the hard Brexiteers,…

The EU believes Theresa May’s ‚unstable’ government could collapse before Brexit

The EU believes Theresa May’s ‚unstable’ government could collapse before Brexit

Gabriele Zimmer MEP. YouTube/emagazine BRUSSELSDIPLOMATIC LONDON — The European Union fears Theresa May’s government could collapse before Brexit negotiations reach a conclusion, a leading member of the European Parliament’s Brexit steering group has told Business Insider. Gabriele Zimmer told BI that Brussels believes May’s „unstable” government may not survive until the end of Brexit talks…

Theresa May signals Brexit retreat on the customs union as Downing Street say her position is ‚evolving’

Theresa May signals Brexit retreat on the customs union as Downing Street say her position is ‚evolving’

LONDON — Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union’s customs union are „evolving” with the government now looking at a „number of options” for future customs arrangements after Brexit, a spokesman for the prime minister said today. May has previously insisted that just two proposals for Britain’s future customs relations with Europe are under…