The Government publishes new update to the UK’s temporary tariff regime if we leave the EU without a deal
- The Government plans to make 3 specific amendments affecting HGVs, bioethanol and clothing:
- Lower tariffs on HGVs entering the UK market, striking a better balance between the needs of British producers and the SMEs that make up the UK haulage industry, ensuring that crucial fleet replacement programmes that help to lower carbon emissions can continue;
- Adjust tariffs on bioethanol to retain support for UK producers, as the supply of this fuel is important to critical national infrastructure; and
- Apply tariffs to additional clothing products to ensure the preferential access to the UK market currently available to developing countries (compared to other countries) is maintained
EU leaders criticise UK proposals – BBC
- Chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU needed workable solutions “today not tomorrow”.
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs that while he would “not exclude” a deal in the coming days, progress had been limited.
- Mr Johnson has said he remains “cautiously optimistic” about a deal and is due to meet Leo Varadkar, on Thursday to try and break the deadlock.
- Meanwhile, in Westminster, a group of Conservative MPs has been demanding assurances from the PM that he will not take the party into the next general election – whenever it comes – on a straightforward promise to leave with no deal.
- Separately, it emerged MPs would be called to Parliament for a special Saturday sitting on 19 October – the day after a crunch EU summit, which is seen as the last chance for a deal ahead of the Halloween deadline.
Boris Johnson tells Tory MPs he would not fight election on no-deal platform, if Brexit delayed – The Guardian
- Mr Johnson has promised centrist Conservative MPs he will not go into an election arguing for a no-deal Brexit and would never make a pact with Nigel Farage.
- Damian Green, the leader of the One Nation group of 80 Tory MPs, told the Guardian that Johnson “looked [him] in the eye” as he pledged that he party will not shift to endorsing a no-deal Brexit as the Conservatives’ central policy.
- Publicly, Mr Johnson will not concede this is a possibility because he insists Brexit will happen on 31 October, but most MPs think this is the most likely scenario – that his government will have to submit to the delay, possibly following a court order, and then he will immediately challenge Labour to an election to be held in late November.