The Bank of England governor has rubbished a key Boris Johnson claim for avoiding economic damage after a no-deal Brexit, in a severe blow to the Tory leadership favourite.
Mr Johnson dismissed fears about crashing out of the EU by arguing the UK could still enjoy tariff-free trade under what is known as “Gatt 24”, until a permanent agreement was struck. But Mark Carney pointed out the trade law could only be invoked if there was an agreement in place – and the central point of a no-deal Brexit was the absence of a deal.
“The Gatt rules are clear. Gatt 24 applies if you have a [withdrawal] agreement, not if you’ve decided not to have an agreement, or you have been unable to come to an agreement,” he told the BBC.
NHS to be part of US trade deal after Brexit//Crimson Tazvinzwa
The US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson has said that healthcare should be included in a free trade deal between the two countries.
In an interview on The Andrew Marr Show, Donald Trump’s ambassador appeared to reject calls for NHS services to be excluded from a future trade agreement.
Pressed on concerns over the impact of a trade deal on the healthcare sector, the ambassador acknowledged: “Your national healthcare service is the pride of the country. It’s a highly emotionally charged issue.”
The move places a deadline on cross-party talks with Labour, with Number 10 expressing a “determination” to bring them to an end.
The government will bring forward a key piece of Brexit legislation at the start of next month, Downing Street has said.
Number 10 said MPs will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which enshrines the prime minister’s Brexit plan into UK law, in the week beginning 3 June.
The announcement came following what Downing Street said were “useful and constructive” talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
UK, EU to agree free-trade deal, October 31 Brexit date in doubt – Reuters poll
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May should set a date for her departure next week when she meets leaders of an influential group of Conservative MPs to address her future, the group’s chairman said on Saturday.
Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, which can make or break party leaders, told BBC Radio that May had been asked to give “clarity” at next Wednesday’s meeting after she failed to get her Brexit deal through parliament, leaving the government in a state of limbo.
Nancy Pelosi, the US Speaker of the House of Representatives, clashed with pro-Brexit Tory MPs during a meeting in London this week.
HuffPost UK understands Pelosi, the leading Democrat, had a terse exchange with members of Jacob Rees-Mogg’s European Research Group over their view of the Northern Ireland border.
“Don’t condescend to me or to us,” sources said she told leading ERG member Mark Francois.