Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:37:36 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

May says ‘trust me’ on Brexit, as tensions in cabinet simmer

photo by AP photo

Britain\'s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during the weekly Prime Minister\'s Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons in London .

By AFP, London
14th-May-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May called for unity over Brexit, following a week in which Cabinet tensions spilled over and her plan for Britain's trading relationship with the European Union was labeled "crazy" by a key party member.
"You can trust me to deliver," May wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper. "The path I am setting out is the path to deliver the Brexit people voted for," she said, adding, "I will not let you down."
Less than a year until the U.K. leaves the EU, May's government still can't agree what to seek in the exit negotiations. The resignation of a key ally has left May outnumbered in her inner Cabinet over her proposal for a close customs relationship with the bloc, while the Sunday Telegraph reported that overall, at least 12 ministers-of 28 who sit in Cabinet alongside May-are set to oppose her plan.
May last week ordered her ministers to take responsibility for resolving the Brexit customs dilemma themselves, splitting her inner "war cabinet" into two working groups to iron out their differences. Both groups include ministers from the pro- and anti-Brexit factions, but two of the most hardline on each side-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, responsible for the "crazy" barb, and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond-aren't included.
Meanwhile, May has put off sending a key piece of Brexit legislation to the House of Commons after peers repeatedly defeated the government as the bill passed through the upper House of Lords.
May said she had proposed different options for a new customs arrangement with the EU and the government would continue to work on them during the negotiations.
She said her mission in the talks was to build a new, close trading relationship with the EU, put Britain in full control over its immigration policy and taxpayer spending and build closer ties with the world's emerging economies.
She said any deal must protect the United Kingdom's constitutional and economic integrity and honour the Northern Irish peace accords.
"This means there can be no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK," May wrote.
"Any agreements must create as little friction as possible for trade," she said, adding: "We must not constrain our ability to negotiate trade agreements with other countries around the world by being bound into a customs union."
Last year, London put forward two options to ease cross-border trade with the EU but, with Brexit looming, has still yet to make a final decision on which to pursue.
May's preferred option, the customs partnership, was reportedly rejected at a meeting of her senior ministers last week, while Brussels has also condemned it as "magical thinking".
The model would involve Britain collecting EU tariffs on goods heading into the bloc but charging its own on UK-destined products.
A second option, "maximum facilitation", would involve using technology to minimise customs checks, but the EU has also cast doubt on its viability.
A decision is not expected for at least another week, but the clock is ticking ahead of a crucial EU summit in June.
The Sunday Times said May's article was "an appeal for unity as she enters another perilous phase of her premiership".
The main opposition Labour Party called Sunday for parliament to be given the chance to vote on a customs union.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Bangladesh Ambassador in Nepal meet women booters


Bangladesh's ambassador in Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams yesterday paid a surprise visit at Xenial Hotel to motivate the Bangladesh eve football team ahead of the Bangladesh's semifinal clash of the SAFF Women's Championship, according to message received here from Bangladesh Football Federation.Mohammed Al Alamul Emam (Councilors and Head of Chancery) ...

Football »

PSG shrug off fan protest to beat rivals Marseille


Angel Di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 3-1 victory over Marseille on Sunday to extend their long unbeaten run against their arch rivals and move 20 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.A group of PSG ultras were boycotting the opening stages of the game over ...

International »

US-backed force says it has taken positions in IS Syria camp


Reuters, Baghouz, Syria :U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said.Smoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another ...

International »

New gun laws to make New Zealand safer after mosque shootings, says PM Ardern


Reuters, Christchurch :New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Dr. Khondkar Mosharraf Hossain speaking at a memorial meeting on former Secretary General of BNP Khondkar Delwar Hossain at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday on the occasion of the latter's 8th death anniversary.


Editorial »

Rohingya criminals: A new challenge for Bangladesh


ROHINGYA refugee crisis is getting critical day by day. Now unlawful activities of some Rohingya criminal groups have become headache of law enforcement agencies. A Cox's Bazar court on Sunday sent 13 Rohingyas to jail as two groups of the refugees clashed in Ukhiya's Kutupalong camp on Saturday night. Police ...

Entertainment »

Tanuja and Kajol welcome Pranutan to Bollywood


Actress Pranutan who is marking her debut with Salman Khan’s Notebook receives the sweetest message from Kajol and Tanuja. The actress, who is living her dream as she embarks on her Bollywood journey with Notebook, has received an endearing message from Kajol and Tanuja, who are her family members. Hailing ...

Football »

Zidane enjoys winning start but Atletico beaten in Bilbao


Zinedine Zidane brought Real Madrid's outcasts in from the cold and they repaid him with a win over Celta Vigo on Saturday but La Liga's title race could well be over after Atletico Madrid were beaten by Athletic Bilbao. Isco and Gareth Bale each scored in Madrid's 2-0 victory over ...

Editorial »

Land officials` wealth reports should be made public


THE Land Minister after taking charge in January openly declared a crusade against the corruption, and directed the officials and employees to submit their wealth reports by February 28. As per his order, the wealth reports have been submitted but these were not made public.  Rather, Land Secretary says the ...

International »

New Zealand digs graves as mosque massacre toll rises to 50


AP, Christchurch, New Zealand :Anguished relatives were anxiously waiting Sunday for authorities to release the remains of those who were killed in massacres at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, while police announced the death toll from the racist attacks had risen to 50.Islamic law calls for ...

International »

Joe Biden (almost) announces he is running for President


AP, Dover :For a brief moment, former Vice President Joe Biden placed himself in the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates during a speech on Saturday night. Biden seemingly described himself as one of the people "running" while noting he gets criticized by some progressives."I have the most progressive record ...

Entertainment »

Mim in web series


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Few days ago, National Film Award winner actress Bidya Sinha Saha Mim acted in a web series titled Beauty & Bullet under Animesh Aich’s direction. Tahsan Khan was her co-actor in that series which yet not aired till now. Meanwhile, Mim has started shooting of Golam Sohrab ...

International »

US-Afghan tensions erupt over Kabul's exclusion from peace talks


Reuters, Washington  :The United States and Afghanistan clashed publicly on Thursday over U.S. peace talks with the Taliban, with a visiting Afghan official accusing the chief U.S. negotiator of "delegitimizing" the Kabul government by excluding it from the deliberations.The remarks by Hamdullah Mohib, a former ambassador to Washington who serves ...

Football »

FIFA votes for new Club World Cup, Euro clubs confirm boycott


FIFA will go ahead with a new 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021, its President Gianni Infantino said on Friday, setting the world soccer governing body in conflict with Europe's top clubs.Infantino, speaking at a news conference, said FIFA had made the decision at its council meeting on Friday.The ...

City »

Children are engrossed in painting at a drawing competition organised by the Jatiya Press Club on the occasion of birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children's Day at the club on Saturday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news