Tory deregulation agenda stalling Brexit talks, says Corbyn
- Jeremy Corbyn has said Brexit talks with the government are stalling because of a Tory desire for post-withdrawal deregulation, including as part of a US trade deal.
- The Labour leader said there is no agreement yet on customs union or workers’ rights.
- Corbyn goes onto state that Labour had been putting forward a robust case for a customs union during the talks over the past week, but has suggested that he feared the two sides would not find common ground.
UK’s European lawmakers face full obligations until Brexit, Tusk warns
- The UK must approach European Parliament elections seriously, because new British lawmakers could end up sitting “for several months, maybe longer,” European Council President Donald Tusk warned today.
- Donald Tusk, European Council president, stated today at a full meeting of the assembly, “They will be full members of the parliament, with all their rights and obligation”.
US Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns against weakening peace deal
- US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is due to begin an official visit to the Republic of Ireland later this week.
- Speaking on the eve of her visit, she said there would be “no chance whatsoever” of a post-Brexit trade deal between the US and UK if there were any weakening of the Good Friday Agreement.
- Mrs Pelosi said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a model that could not be “bargained away in another agreement”.
Manufacturers fear flipside of no-deal Brexit boom
- There has been a mini manufacturing boom in the UK, borne out of Brexit uncertainty.
- Manufacturers across the UK have increased output of their goods and stockpiled items that go into them, because of the risk of a no-deal Brexit and delays at the border.
- However, there is a likely flipside to this boom: with UK manufacturers’ customers in mainland Europe having committed to larger than normal purchases in the first quarter of this year, they could well buy lower volumes through the rest of 2019.