UK's May fights to sell Brexit deal to a skeptical country

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

In another potential blow for May, President Donald Trump said her deal would make it more hard for the strike a trade deal with the U.S. Brexiteers see a wide-ranging trade deal with the one of Britain's main goals after leaving the EU.

The criticism came after a note written by Tim Barrow, the UK's ambassador to the European Union, suggested that any future trade deal between Britain and the EU would not automatically include Gibraltar, leaving the island potentially vulnerable to Spanish demands in negotiation. And that wouldn't be a good thing.

Now that the prime minister has secured support for her deal from European Union leaders, she is looking to drum up support from the public, saying in a recent press conference that "the British people don't want to spend any time arguing about Brexit".

"No guarantee of smooth trade in the future and no ability to reduce the tariffs that we need to conclude trade deals with the rest of the world", he told BBC Radio 4.

Speaking to reporters before a trip to MS, the president said the deal Mrs May secured with Brussels may not be good for trade.

"We have already been laying the groundwork for an ambitious agreement with the USA through our joint working groups, which have met five times so far", said a spokesperson for the office.

Europe's top court said on Tuesday it would decide "quickly" whether Britain can unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the European Union, a ruling supporters of membership hope could lead to a second referendum and ultimately stop Brexit.

May runs a minority Conservative government and opposition parties, as well as many of her own MPs, are against the deal.

A meaningful vote is set to take place on 11 December.

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He said: "What we made a decision to do at the European Council meeting was to collectively not speculate too much on a no deal scenario or on alternatives to what has been agreed".

Speaking at the SMMT's annual dinner, chief executive Mike Hawes said that Brexit "remained the biggest challenge for all of us", and was already harming investment in "technology, people and our future".

In a letter to the nation issued by 10 Downing Street this weekend, May once again pleaded with the public to get behind her deal which will mark "a new chapter in our national life".

Insisting what was agreed in Brussels was the best deal available, May said no one knows what would happen if it does not pass.

She said rejecting it "would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail".

"I will be campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people", May says in her letter to the nation.

According to the economic analysis revealed on Monday, May's Brexit deal is likely to result in substantial long-term economic costs in a range of 700 to 1,100 pounds ($900 to $1400) per person each year compared with staying in the EU.

The announcement of the deal was met with a string of high-level resignations in the British government, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

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