PM warns her ministers to stay away from customs union talks

Daniel Kawczynski

And Bloomberg reported this week that the United Kingdom could have a say on trade if it stayed in the customs union - the sort of bespoke arrangement that May has previously suggested might work.

Prime Minister Theresa May is not taking any chances, allegedly ordering her ministers not to show up at a backbencher vote on Britain trade bloc membership later this week.

As the House of Commons prepares to vote on a motion on customs & borders today (26 April), the UK's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has issued a statement "reminding MPs that forming a customs union with the EU would not remove the need for checks at the borders or deliver frictionless arrangements on its own". I wasn't going to get into ongoing cabinet discussions about our future trading relationship'.

He said: "Amber Rudd appears to have let slip that discussions around the Cabinet table about negotiating a customs union with the EU have not in fact concluded".

"A customs union would change the dynamic between Britain and the EU".

It came in report stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and after two big defeats at the hands of the Lords last week.

And the government is facing a series of parliamentary showdowns on the customs union.

British lawmakers stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May over her Brexit strategy on Thursday, criticising her refusal to pursue a customs union with the European Union.

Police taze 'combative' American Airlines passenger
At one point, Garcia taunts officers, calling one of them a "baby" and attempting to take the Taser from them. ABC 7 Chicago added that the incident caused the American Airlines flight to be delayed for about one hour.

Alternative customs arrangements for the Irish border either don't exist, have not been invented, or have not been negotiated, and thus Britain will stay inside the EU customs union post-Brexit, Credit Suisse says.

"This House has a responsibility not to give the executive more power than is necessary", Lord (Peter) Goldsmith told peers before they voted.

Since losing her Conservatives' majority in parliament in an ill-judged election a year ago, the prime minister is dependent on a small Northern Irish party which opposes a backstop agreement with the European Union that would see the province become more aligned with the bloc than with mainland Britain.

He said the red lines set out by Mrs May in her Mansion House speech last month - leaving the single market and customs union - were "closing doors".

The main issue here is that we don't want to be any closer to the European Union than any other Country in the World, as we need free trade deals with all Countries.

It says the EU is the UK's largest market for goods, with £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016 and hails the importance of avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the role of a customs union in achieving that.

The Prime Minister does not have huge personal support among her MPs, and there are many on both the pro- and anti-Brexit sides who would like to see her gone from Downing Street.

Related News:



Most liked

NFL Draft: Wyoming QB Josh Allen Selected Seventh Overall By Buffalo Bills
Allen isn't the only quarterback to have a red flag thrown on him for past mistakes. Moats is an eight-year veteran who played last season with Pittsburgh.

Josh Allen apologizes after offensive tweets from high school resurface
If they miss on the first pick, they won't have to wait long to correct it, because they own the #4 pick in the draft as well. The Cleveland Browns have made many changes to their overall roster this offseason.

Oil prices mixed but little changed as sanctions loom
Now total petroleum exports are more than double what they were before the USA lifted its ban on crude exports at the end of 2014. Crude supply to the world market is also under the threat of action by Libyan militants that will push up prices further.

Prince William opens up about life as a dad of three
The words "It's a boy" flashed in lights around the top of London's BT Tower, which can be seen for miles around. There followed a smoothly choreographed operation perfected after the births of the couple's two other children.

ANZAC Day reminds Sabah to develop sense of togetherness
Two hymns were sung during the service, Amazing Grace and Abide With Me, which also held a special place in hearts of veterans. Later in the day there will be a procession, followed by a service at Westminster Abbey.

NCAA panel proposes reforms — COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Moreover, the often corrupt world of non-scholastic basketball targets far more than just prospective one-and-done players. Better to wait on the resolution of ongoing court cases, the commission said. "We are evaluating the recommendations ".

What is Recommendation from Analysts on Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LYG)?
Currently, Lloyds Banking Group plc (NYSE: LYG ) displayed a change of 1.59% after which it closed the day' session at $12.45. It is a positive indicator for investor portfolio value - when the price of a stock Investor owns goes up in value.

Amber Rudd grilled by MPs over Windrush scandal
Ms Rudd, who has faced calls to resign, told MPs that she became aware of the "potential issue" over the past three or four months as individual cases emerged.

Prolonged Syrian war causing donor fatigue
But the West has ruled that out, seeing money as its best leverage to try to force Assad into peace talks, so far in vain. Meanwhile, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in her opening address said "we are here for Syrians, all of them".

Policemen kill six more Naxals in Gadchiroli
These 15 Maoists are said to be from among those who managed to escape into the forests during Sunday's encounter. The elite C-60 commandos of district police were involved in the operation, said another senior police official.

Donald Trump just got a big win on Mike Pompeo
The vote came after widespread speculation that the former Kansas Congressman would not receive a favorable recommendation. President Donald Trump is attacking Democrats as he seeks Senate confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of State.

IL seeks to close gun law 'loophole' after Waffle House shooting
Police said that after he was arrested, Reinking declined to offer a statement or answer questions, instead requesting a lawyer. A Nashville judge has revoked the bond of a man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House restaurant.

Asaram rape case: verdict expected today
August 20, 2013: Victim's family file complaint against Asaram in Delhi and the case was later transferred to Jodhpur police. January 11, 2015: Akhil Gupta, who worked for 10 years in Asaram's ashram , shot dead in Muzaffarnagar.

Woman sets auto on fire with 3 children inside
Fox26 reports that Houston Fire Department arson investigators are conducting an investigation Monday morning. Once officials started to approach the woman, she fled on foot with her children tow.

Trade rows, debt load risk world economy
On Sunday, China's commerce ministry said it would welcome United States officials to discuss trade and economic issues. Finance leaders repeatedly sounded warnings about a potential trade war.