Theresa May vows to keep UK strong and united post-Brexit

Friday, 30 Mar, 2018

"More troubling is that we haven't yet had the guarantee that there will be a Brexit deal at all".

"We were able this morning to agree, after all those days and nights of hard work, on a large part of what will be an worldwide agreement for the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom", Barnier told a press conference with Davis.

What has been agreed so far?

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"As of the withdrawal date, persons residing in the United Kingdom will no longer benefit from their digital content subscriptions when travelling to the European Union", the notice read.

"A lot of people who should know better seem to have forgotten that the first paragraph of the (Good Friday) Agreement makes clear that it is for the Northern Ireland people alone, without external interference, to determine the destiny of Northern Ireland alone". But the Republic of Ireland is staying. The whole process hinges on the border. Traffic and goods flow freely, and there are no physical barriers.

All sides in the Brexit talks want to avoid imposing checks at the frontier with the Republic of Ireland. But they haven't been able to agree on how that might be accomplished. Business rates, capital allowances and energy costs, for instance, must all be globally competitive; training and skills for a productive workforce must focus on new technologies and the United Kingdom supply chain must be attractive to investment.

She had signed Article 50 exactly a year ago, which means Britain's membership to the European Union (EU) will end on March 28, 2019.

Davis said Britain would be able to sign trade deals with other countries during the transition, despite European Union rules saying it should not be while subject to the bloc's customs rules. "Indeed we often gold-plate regulation that comes from Brussels and we are the driving force within European Union discussions advocating for higher standards".

Sterling climbed to $1.41 against the dollar and reached 87 pence against the euro on news of the deal.

"No matter how bumpy the road ahead gets, we are going to have to rely upon the principles of trust and confidence to shape a positive agenda going forward", says Swinburne. Inflation has spiked, business investment has dropped and consumers have tightened their belts. Experts argue that a realistic, if ambitious, time frame for signinga free trade deal would be four to five years.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "Last week's deal on the transition period was essential, providing a short term boost and a degree of certainty for investors".

"There's huge amount of uncertainty about what the United Kingdom is going to want [from the trade agreement] and what the European Union is going to give". I said the sky won't fall in, but it will be different and it will be different.