Theresa May finally reveals plans for Britain after Brexit

Theresa May finally reveals plans for Britain after Brexit

Theresa May finally reveals plans for Britain after Brexit

Few were forthcoming in May's statement on Monday, though she did say that Britain might accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice during the transition period — an idea that infuriates many pro-Brexit members of her Conservative Party.

Ms May has so far fought off attempts to unseat her by critics angry over an ill-judged election, which saw her lose her governing Conservatives' majority. The EU has all but ruled out moving on to trade talks at a summit next week, as not enough progress has been made on issues such as how much the United Kingdom owes the bloc when it leaves. The news is a setback for Mrs May, who presented the deal as a breakthrough for a successful Brexit, particularly as US President Donald Trump was an advocate of Britain leaving the EU.

"The government made clear that we have no intention of revoking that, we will be delivering on the vote of the British people", May told parliament.

In her speech to Parliament, May will tell the European Union that "as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their (EU) court" as she tries trying to advance negotiations.

"While I believe it is profoundly in all our interests for the negotiations to succeed, it is also our responsibility as a Government to prepare for every eventuality, so that is exactly what we are doing", the Prime Minister said.

But the UK's strategy is to basically isolate talks on a financial settlement, and link it to the framework of a future trading relationship. "It will happen", the source said when asked what May had spoken about.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn blasted the lack of progress in the 16 months since the referendum in June past year.

May said in an interview with The Sunday Times that she's prepared to shake up her top team after the European Council meeting on October 19-20.

Sir Howard Davies said if the terms of the Prime Minister's proposed transitional deal are not known by March 2018, many businesses will start triggering contingency plans to relocate to Europe.

Former prime minister Sir John Major hit out at the "self-absorbed" and "disloyal" behaviour of some Tories who are "driven by their own personal agenda" - comments viewed as a slapdown to Mr Johnson - while Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said being a politician should "never be about private ambition".

"With Boris Johnson as prime minister, the negotiations would be easier", one European Union diplomat said of the foreign secretary, who has sniped at Ms May's push for a deal that could see Britain stay bound by some European Union rules, at least for a transition period.

May, meanwhile, is recovering from her cold and cough that ruined her party speech at home in her Maidenhead constituency before spending the weekend at the Prime Minister's country retreat in Chequers. Germany and France have also rejected Britain's proposed Brexit transition arrangement and the government is reportedly privately preparing for a "no deal" scenario.

Legislation will also be introduced to "transition" all existing European Union trade agreements and preferential arrangements with other countries into domestic law after leaving the bloc.

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