PM May wins business support for draft Brexit deal

PM May wins business support for draft Brexit deal

PM May wins business support for draft Brexit deal

Addressing the issue of immigration, a concern for many businesses who fear they will face skills gaps after Brexit, May will promise to introduce "more streamlined application processes" that will "attract the brightest and the best from around the world". "There is no better deal for this insane Brexit".

But it is unclear what would happen if Parliament rejected the deal when it is put to a vote, likely next month.

Mr Mundell insisted he was trying to get the best deal possible for Scotland and attacked the SNP for "backing no deal", which he said was the worst possible outcome, at the latest joint ministerial council (JMC) meeting today.

He used a column in Monday's Telegraph to describe the agreement as a "585-page fig-leaf [that] does nothing to cover the embarrassment of our total defeat".

She also laid into political opponents, saying their ideas for resolving the biggest stumbling block in EU-U.K. negotiations - avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit - wouldn't resolve the problem.

Downing Street said the United Kingdom did not think there would be a "need" to extend transition and was focused on finalising the future relationship by January 1 2021.

Barnier wouldn't give a specific end-date for the extension.

A senior German official says Britain and the European Union should "stick to what we have now" in the Brexit negotiations amid calls in London for the draft deal to be revisited.

But a spokesman for the PM added: "As we've said, clearly it makes sense to have the option of extending the implementation period as an alternative to the backstop, in case the future relationship isn't ready for some reason".

Instead, both sides could discuss creating new unobtrusive checks away from the frontier, he said.

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He added that, on the hard question of Northern Ireland, "there is no better solution".

The CBI said on Sunday that May's draft deal was not ideal but a compromise that "takes no deal off the table" and opens the path to frictionless trade in the future. The Brexiteers want a clean break with the bloc and argue that the close trade ties called for in the agreement May's government agreed would leave Britain a vassal state, bound to European Union rules it has no say in making.

In Brussels, Austria's minister for Europe, Gernot Bluemel, struck a more melancholy tone.

Bluemel said: "Of course I hope that all stand by what has been negotiated".

"A painful week in European politics is starting", he said.

She said firms were already spending hundreds of millions on preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Austrian EU minister Gernot Blumel said it was "a painful week in European politics" and "we have the divorce papers on the table, 45 years of hard marriage are coming to an end".

Asked whether Sir Graham Brady - chairman of the backbench 1922 committee - had received the 48 letters needed to trigger a confidence vote in her leadership, she replied: "As far as I know, no - it has not".

In a speech Monday to the Confederation of British Industry, May plans to say that the deal "fulfils the wishes of the British people as expressed in the 2016 referendum" to leave the EU. "The focus this week will be on the future relationship", she told Sky.

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