Brexit News for Monday 9th January

Brexit News for Monday 9th January

Theresa May signals that Britain will leave Single Market so it can take control of immigration

Theresa May has indicated that Britain will leave the Single Market after Brexit and build a “really good, ambitious trade deal” with the EU. Asked repeatedly whether Britain will leave the Single Market, the Prime Minister said that she will not try to “keep bits of membership”. Her comments suggest that Britain is prepared to leave the Single Market and the Customs Union and apply for a good deal from outside after Brexit. – Daily Telegraph

  • Theresa May still refuses to define Brexit – Faisal Islam for Sky News
  • Ignore this phoney war. Theresa May’s test is yet to come – Matthew d’Ancona for The Guardian
  • Why Britain must remain part of the European single market – Nick Clegg MP for The Times (£)
  • Critics read May’s crystal clear statements through steamed-up glasses – Iain Duncan Smith MP for The Times (£)
  • Anything less than a full Brexit would mean conning the electorate – John Longworth for The Times (£)

Theresa May insists she’s ‘not muddled’ on Brexit as she promises a plan in the next few weeks

Embattled Theresa May denied her Brexit thinking is “muddled” as she promised a plan within weeks and hinted Britain will leave the EU single market. The PM hit back at claims from diplomat Sir Ivan Rogers that she has no plan for leaving the EU after a week of disastrous press. In a barbed resignation e-mail, the EU ambassador urged staff to fight “ill-founded” and “muddled” government thinking in Brexit talks. The Tory leader praised Sir Ivan as a “dedicated” civil servant but told Sky News: “Our thinking on this isn’t muddled at all…But actually there hadn’t been any plans made for Brexit so it was important for us to take some time to actually look at the issues, look at the complexity of the issues.” – Daily Mirror

  • Theresa May must explain how Brexit can strengthen, rather than overturn, the West – Juliet Samuel for the Daily Telegraph (£)
  • Theresa May is loyal to will of the people on European Union exit – Daily Express Editorial

May’s hints at single market exit leave Scotland sidelined

Theresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would force a second independence referendum….She was speaking only an hour after Scotland’s first minister used a separate interview to say that she was not bluffing about holding a second independence referendum in the event of Scotland being taken out of the single market, adding she was not prepared to see “Scotland driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge”. – The Guardian

  • Sturgeon calls on May to compromise on Brexit and meet Scottish Government “half-way” on single market – The Herald
  • Nicola Sturgeon’s empty threats help no one – Daily Telegraph editorial
  • ‘We’re leaving’: Marr slaps down Sturgeon for thinking UK can remain in single market – Daily Express

Sir Keir Starmer: lack of clarity on Brexit ‘deeply concerning’

Sir Keir Starmer tells Radio 4’s The World This Weekend it is “inevitable” that the rules for freedom of movement will have to change and that Mrs May was right to seek a “bespoke agreement”. – BBC News

Tom Watson says Labour want a post-Brexit immigration policy that is fair

Labour’s deputy leader said the party wants to see a fair immigration policy implemented following Brexit but he also suggested that it was difficult to set out detailed plans before Theresa May reveals her negotiating hand. Watson’s comments come as senior Labour MPs call on Corbyn to put pressure on the Prime Minister to pursue a two-tier immigration system between the UK and the European Union. – The National

  • Watch: Labour will have no immigration policy until Brexit deal – Sky News

‘We will not settle for a fake Brexit’: Michael Gove urges Government to deliver Article 50

The Tory former education secretary and prominent Brexiteer suggested anything less would amount to a “fake Brexit”. Mr Gove was one of the Leave campaign’s leading voices during the run-up to the EU referendum and he said the UK would be “trapped” if it remained in the single market and customs union. Writing for the BrexitCentral website, he said: “We need to deliver a full Brexit, not settle for fake Brexit….” – Daily Express

  • Michael Gove says not leaving the single market would be ‘fake Brexit’ – The Independent
  • Gove urges May to go for “full Brexit” – out of single market and customs union – The Herald

> Michael Gove MP on BrexitCentral: A Fake Brexit would not allow politicians to deliver the change which people voted for last year

Ukip MEP wants us to take back control of our pints after Brexit

One Ukip MEP has called for the crown mark on pint glasses to be reinstated now that Britain is leaving Europe – although, they never truly went away. “All drinkers remember the crown mark, knowing that it guaranteed them a full pint, indeed there are still some around,” said Bill Etheridge an MP in the European Parliament for West Midlands, local councillor and member of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), according to Press Association. “Reintroduced gradually, as replacements, they are not a throwback to a nostalgic era, but a move to put us back in control of the production and specifications of our own pint.” – City A.M.

Tony Parsons: Sky’s Sophy Ridge bagging the PM’s New Year interview isn’t just girl power – it’s a snub to the Brexit-bashing BBC

Sophy Ridge on Sunday kicks off with the biggest scoop imaginable — the PM’s traditional New Year’s interview, an exclusive that would once have routinely gone to Andrew Marr at the BBC. Not any more…May has also chosen Sky above the BBC, a decision that has reportedly resulted in mouth-foaming fury within Broadcasting House. The BBC has had this snub coming to them for the corporation now reeks with an undisguised, unapologetic and increasingly hysterical bias against Brexit….Andrew Marr — a good guy, a fine journalist — is paying the price for the BBC’s grotesque bigotry against Brexit. But good luck to Sky’s Sophy Ridge. I have no doubt she will ask the PM all the hard questions she would have been asked at the BBC. – Tony Parsons for The Sun

Yorkshire Post: Britain’s Brexit opportunities – Businesses need not fear tariffs

Mrs May will have been encouraged by a report published today by the think tank, Civitas, which says the cost of failing to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union could be covered by tariffs on imports from its remaining 27 members, meaning that British business need have little to fear from EU tarrif barriers. It is a timely piece of good news for the Prime Minister and vindicates her decision not to rush into what are complex negotiations, the repercussions of which will have a lasting impact on this country. – Yorkshire Post editorial

William Norton: A good deal would be better than WTO. But WTO would be far better than a bad one.

To date, the debate has been framed by the White pieces in our chess game and their Deal-at-any-cost agenda. The Prime Minister’s team aren’t very good at media management. But do not fret, gentle reader. The poker game will conclude with one of two possible outcomes, which even my grandmother (God rest her soul) could sell to the press: There is A Deal. And such a Deal – not even Moses himself could have brokered it; There is No Deal – a because the Prime Minister, respecting the referendum outcome, and as A Woman Of Great Integrity, would not surrender to The Foreigners over Immigration. Either outcome could be spun to achieve the Prime Minister’s prime objective: to stay Prime Minister, and keep out the people who actually wanted to Leave the EU. – William Norton for ConservativeHome

> William Norton on BrexitCentral: British business has little to fear from EU tariffs

Jonathan Ford: Britain cannot afford to get hung up on a transitional Brexit deal

Mrs May faces an unenviable task in the Brexit negotiations. The longer these drag on inconclusively, the bigger the risk that companies will simply sit on their hands awaiting the outcome, prompting an investment dearth that ultimately damages the UK economy. To move things forward and have the best chance of getting an acceptable deal in the long run, the UK government must both keep things simple and be prepared to walk away if the demands placed on it are unreasonable. While an upfront transitional deal may seem appealing to producers and officials, it could effectively deny the UK the leverage needed to achieve that. It may therefore be a luxury that Mrs May and the country simply cannot afford. – Jonathan Ford for the FT (£)

Brexit comment in brief

  • Remainer intransigence pushed liberal Brexiteers away from compromise – Ben Kelly for Reaction
  • It’s not just Brexit. Southern Europe’s debts and nationalist movements raising concerns among Europe’s bosses – Mark Sands for City A.M.
  • Why the “WTO option” for Brexit will prove tricky – The Economist

Brexit news in brief

  • UK manufacturers positive about 2017 business plans despite risks – International Business Times
  • UK to remain home of Rolls-Royce after ‘remarkable’ sales – Sky News
  • British factories ‘on the mend’ as weak pound has made UK exports cheaper post-Brexit – Daily Mail
  • City bosses to face MP grilling over Brexit claims – Daily Telegraph