Pressure on European Union as the Government presents viable Brexit deal

PRESSURE is being piled on the European Union this week as the Government presents a series of “imaginative and creative” solutions to bring about a viable exit deal.

It will unveil five papers that outline its plans on key Brexit issues, including ensuring “the most free and most frictionless trade possible” in goods and services.

It will also repeat Britain’s determination to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and discuss how laws can be enforced in any future deal.

The EU insists “sufficient progress” on initial issues about Britain’s exit needs to be made before any future trade deal can be discussed.


Pressure is being piled on the European Union this week by the Government

He said: “This week we set out more detail of the future relationship we want with the European Union, putting forward imaginative and creative solutions to build a deep and special partnership with our closest neighbours and allies.”

The paper on services is seen as particularly important, with the UK calling for services associated with goods, such as maintenance and repairs, to be included in withdrawal discussions.


David Davis said the new papers would help “show beyond doubt” that talks could move forward

A spokesman said that the paper on goods and services “sets out proposals designed to prevent a cliff-edge for businesses and consumers by providing early certainty in a way that also supports a move to this new deep and special partnership”. The talks are expected to resume at the end of this month.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a more open and outward looking Britain

Dr Liam Fox

The announcement comes as International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox flies to Panama and Colombia today as the Government seeks to strengthen Britain’s trading relations.

Dr Fox will announce that support available from UK Export Finance for trade with the two markets is doubling, to up to £3.5billion for Panama and £4.5billion for Colombia.


Dr Fox said leaving the EU is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

Dr Fox said: “As we leave the EU, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a more open and outward looking Britain and forge independent trading arrangements with growing economies around the world.

“That is why as an international economic department, we are making billions of pounds of additional financial support available to UK exporters and buyers of UK goods and services in Panama and Colombia, opening up export opportunities for British businesses.”

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