Brexit News for Monday 10 July

Brexit News for Monday 10 July
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Theresa May calls on Jeremy Corbyn for ‘views and ideas’ to help her deliver Brexit as she prepares to mark a year as PM…

Theresa May will call on Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday to help her deliver Brexit and huge change in Britain as she admits to a new “reality” to life in No.10. In an extraordinary move the PM will mark a year in Downing Street by pleading with the opposition to “contribute, not just criticise”. And she will ask other parties to come forward with their “owns views and ideas” about how to tackle the challenges facing the country. The speech was briefed as the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiating team dismissed her offer on EU citizens’ rights out of hand. – The Sun

…as she vows to fight on, with Brexit challenges looming…

Britain’s Theresa May will promise to fight on as prime minister and pursue bold domestic reform despite her diminished authority in a speech this week relaunching her leadership after 12 tumultuous months in power. As her minority government prepares to start the difficult task of passing Brexit through parliament, May will remind Britons of her promise to build a fairer society, seeking to repair a reputation damaged by an ill-judged snap election. – Reuters

…and Cabinet minister David Lidington blames ‘too much prosecco’ for speculation about May’s future

Mrs May’s position has been under pressure since the general election losses, and today’s newspapers feature a number of reports about Conservatives considering how to force her out. The Mail on Sunday and Sunday Times both carried reports about allies of Brexit Secretary David Davis – one of the frontrunners to take over the top job – pressing for a change in leadership.- PoliticsHome

> On BrexitCentral’s YouTube: Justice Secretary David Lidington: Trade with US, Asia and Latin America a positive of Brexit

MEPs snub Theresa May’s offer on citizens’ rights after Brexit and claim it would make EU nationals second-class citizens

Euro MPs blasted Theresa May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights after Brexit as a damp squib. They claimed it would make Europeans second-class citizens here. The snub came as the PM called on Jeremy Corbyn to help her deliver Brexit and tackle challenges. In a speech tomorrow she will urge the Opposition to “contribute, not just criticise”. Mrs May had previously hailed her “generous” plan to give 3.2million EU citizens the right to permanent stay after five years. But the Euro Parliament’s Brexit team, led by Guy Verhofstadt, warned of a “cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of millions”. – The Sun

  • Improve the Brexit offer to EU citizens, or we’ll veto the deal – Guy Verhofstadt MEP in the Guardian

Vince Cable claims complexities and divisions threaten Brexit

Brexit “may never happen,” the former business secretary Vince Cable has said, suggesting that practical complexities and political divisions could combine to keep Britain in the EU indefinitely… Sir Vince himself has previously cast doubt on the Lib Dems’ pro-EU stance, writing in January that he had “serious doubts that EU free movement is tenable or even desirable.” On Sunday, he backed the party’s second referendum pledge, which he said was designed to offer “a way out, when it becomes clear that Brexit is potentially disastrous.” – FT (£)

> On BrexitCentral’s YouTube: Vince Cable: Second referendum didn’t ‘cut through’

Rebel MPs form cross-party group to oppose so-called ‘hard Brexit’

Rebel Tory and Labour MPs have formed a new cross-party group to oppose hard Brexit, as Theresa May prepares to publish her repeal bill this week transposing all EU legislation into British law. Anna Soubry, the former Tory minister, and Chuka Umunna, the former Labour shadow business secretary, will lead the alliance with other MPs from the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru in a new attempt to coordinate the parliamentary fight against May’s hard Brexit plan. – Observer

Europe and Japan keep door open for Britain

The European Union and Japan have put an “extended accumulation clause” into their trade agreement that could help British companies to take advantage of Europe’s biggest trade deal after Brexit. Last week the EU and Japan signed the main principles of the deal, which took four years to negotiate. – The Times (£)

Leave campaigner slaps down Brexit scaremongering of ex-Sainsbury’s boss

Shoppers in the UK are “completely in the dark” about the effect Brexit will have on the cost of their weekly shop, a former supermarket boss has warned. Justin King, who ran supermarket-giant Sainsbury’s for 10 years, said it was “very clear” shoppers faced a hike in prices but no major supermarket would reveal such plans… But Vote Leave campaigner and manufacturing boss John Mills claimed the EU keeps prices artificially high. He said: “Food prices inside the EU vary from food product to food product, but the average is something like 20% higher than they are in the rest of the world – so there is very substantial scope for food prices coming down if we switch sources of supply outside the EU. – Evening Standard

Superdrug owner to hire 1,000 in expansion

Retail giant AS Watson plans to create 1,000 new jobs on British high streets in an expansion of its stores that defies continued woes among its competitors. The company, which owns Superdrug, the Perfume Shop and Savers, is moving forward with plans to expand following trend-bucking growth last year. – Telegraph

Bumper year for English wine as figures show it is now £130m industry

English wine enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, and it is now £130m industry, a new study shows. Independent English wine producers saw their turnover rise to a record £132 million last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2015, showing that the industry has enjoyed major growth in recent years, according to Funding Options. – Telegraph

Welsh First Minister Carywn Jones to talk Brexit with National Assembly committee today

The session is part of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee’s on-going scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s response to Brexit. It is the first scrutiny session with the First Minister since the formal start of the Article 50 negotiations and the formation of a new UK Government.- ITV News

Katy Balls: Theresa May’s opposition plea could expose Labour’s Brexit position

As things stand, Labour’s EU position is nonsensical. In the manifesto, the party tried to appease those on both sides of the EU debate by saying it would seek a deal with ‘a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union’ while refraining from saying they would stay members of both. As they could be vague and non-committal, they were able to appeal to both Remain and Leave voters – even though what they’re after is virtually impossible. – Katy Balls for The Spectator

Juliet Samuel: Staying inside the single market forever leaves us at the EU’s mercy

Available to a good home: a statue of the Iron Lady, in bronze. If Britain can’t find a suitable place, I have a suggestion. Send her to Brussels. This might sound odd. Wouldn’t Bruges be more appropriate? But all the recent talk about the virtues of the EU single market has made me think that a statue of one of its architects, as Margaret Thatcher was, might be most welcome among the bureaucrats who talk endlessly about its “integrity”. – Juliet Samuel for the Telegraph (£)

Mark Wallace: Despite the fantasies of those who hate Brexit, many countries are seeking trade deals with the UK

As Iain Martin points out, some Continuity Remainers are letting the hot weather get to them a bit, by suggesting they have a “feeling” that Brexit isn’t going to happen. They appear to be allowing wishful thinking to obscure the political realities – akin to those who still think Corbyn is playing a cunning long game by which he supports leaving the Single Market in the secret cause of staying in the EU. – Mark Wallace for ConservativeHome

Chris Burn: No half measures good or bad as we break with EU

The logical conclusion is that the half measure of quitting the EU, but staying in the single market, actually represents a worse position for the country than remaining as a full member. While Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein do have this arrangement, the ‘leaving but not really leaving’ option of staying in the single market really means that years of trade talks, upheaval and rewriting Britain’s laws will essentially be little more than a pointless academic exercise. – Yorkshire Post

Catherine McGuinness: Britain’s legal system is internally renowned – it can and will survive Brexit

As we prepare to leave the European Union, many questions are raised around the impact on our legal system. Will the services our firms provide for European clients still comply with the relevant frameworks? Will the UK continue to play an integral role in guiding the international legal agenda? Most pressing for the UK, however, is certain to be the Great Repeal Bill – by far one of the largest legislative processes ever undertaken. – Catherine McGuiness for City A.M. 

John Penrose: We need a post-Brexit consensus and to scrutinise those in power

We’re all tired of elections but there’s one final round of voting here in parliament and I am running to become chair of the hotly-contested Treasury select committee. We’d be failing in our duty if we allowed the Treasury committee to become a tool for settling old scores or for re-fighting the battles of the Brexit referendum; we must look to the future instead. – John Penrose MP for the Telegraph

Brexit in brief

  • The EU and UK need each other to manage fish – FT (£)
  • Sky Views: Is Britain heading for a ‘Nuclear Brexit’? – Faisal Islam for Sky News
  • No appetite for reversing nation’s vote to leave EU – Express editorial
  • Eurozone needs ‘reform for stimulus’ deal, says French central banker – FT (£)
  • UK finance boss: ‘bringing fun back to banking’ must wait until after Brexit – Telegraph
  • A Brexit ‘no deal’ is not an option for business communities, as one third would remain in the Single Market and Customs Union – City A.M.
  • Businesses north of the Border more in favour of EU single market status – The National