United Kingdom and Switzerland strike post-Brexit continuity agreement

United Kingdom and Switzerland strike post-Brexit continuity agreement

Britain has already said those citizens will continue to be provided with access to the NHS and welfare if no Brexit deal is agreed with the EU.

She will ask MPs for more time to get changes to the deal in talks with Brussels - but Labour has accused her of "cynically" running down the clock.

Switzerland is the UK's 7th largest export market, 3rd largest non-EU market, 8th largest foreign direct investor and 10th top destination for United Kingdom outward direct investment. They aim to maneuver the whole Brexit mess toward a second referendum, which they believe would overturn the June 2016 plebiscite, in which a thin majority voted to leave the EU.

At a briefing in Parliament on Friday, Vandendriessche said, "We deplore Tusk's statement which also demonstrates the unwillingness of certain European Union officials to work for an agreement and [it] is profoundly distasteful".

That would allow them to have another attempt at winning a majority for an amendment that could force the prime minister's hand - if she has not brought a reworked version of her Brexit deal back to parliament for MPs' approval before then.

Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox said the agreement would provide a "solid foundation" for a post-Brexit trading relationship. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, these would need to be completed by 29 March, an ambition that many in British business now believe to be nearly impossible.

The PM had been expected to deliver her statement on Wednesday ahead of a Commons debate on Thursday, but her official spokesman said the earlier timing would "give Parliament a couple of days to digest the content".

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The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, signed the UK-Switzerland agreement in Bern today (Monday 11th February) with Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.

Previous year the government said it wanted to replicate the EU's trade agreements "as far as possible". The prime minister is now in talks with Brussels to seek these changes to the backstop.

The government has promised that it will give parliament another chance to debate the issue by February 27 using the same format described above, if a deal has not been agreed before then.

The backstop aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland has been a constant sticking point in Brexit negotiations with Tory Brexiteers and the DUP rejecting the plan.

It comes after Theresa May was warned that up to 40 ministers could resign if they were not given a vote against a no-deal Brexit.

But Mr Johnson insisted that a separate codicil setting out amendments to the backstop plan would not be "good enough", indicating that he is holding out for changes to the text of the agreement itself.

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