Trump Slams UK Brexit Deal But What's in it for Him

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Varadkar said: "The best outcome for Ireland and for Europe and Britain would be for the United Kingdom to stay in the EU and stay in the single market and the customs union, but we respect their decision not to do that".

"Outside the European Union, we will be able to sign new trade deals with other countries and open up new markets in the fastest-growing economies around the world".

"That wouldn't be a good thing".

May's de facto deputy prime minister, David Lidington, said Britain would be able to negotiate trade deals with countries including the USA - though he conceded "it's going to be a very tough negotiation".

"The British people want us to get on with a deal that honours the referendum and allows us to come together again as a country, whichever way we voted", May said.

Britain is due to exit the world's biggest trading bloc on March 29 next year but it remains unclear whether British Prime Minister Theresa May's draft withdrawal deal agreed with the European Union on Sunday will be passed by parliament.

She added that the government had already been "laying the groundwork" for an "ambitious" trade agreement with the US.

But in London, eurosceptics in May's Conservative party and their Northern Irish allies argue the agreement keeps Britain too close to the European Union and have vowed to oppose it.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, urged May to seek a softer, Plan B Brexit deal and warned her current plan would struggle to pass the Commons vote, which would be a act of "national self-harm", he said.

Spain rejects European Union offer to create separate declaration on Gibraltar after Brexit
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday Spain would be against the Brexit package on Sunday if it is not changed. Spain doesn't have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously.

Bitcoin sinks to new 13-month low
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China-US Trade Talks Resume
Many analysts remain sceptical about the prospects of a deal that would address the deeper issues raised by the US. Trump is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit later this month.

Giving a statement in the House of Commons on Monday, May briefed the lawmakers about why she believed the deal was the only option to move on in terms of Brexit.

The vote in parliament is scheduled for December 11.

He said: "What we made a decision to do at the European Council meeting was to collectively not speculate too much on a no deal scenario or on alternatives to what has been agreed".

Opponents of the deal on either side of the argument say it fails to deliver on what people voted for in the 2016 referendum or what the public were promised during the campaign and afterwards. "It would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail".

The prime minister on Tuesday morning headed to Wales before her trips to Northern Ireland and Scotland later this week, followed by travels in England in a week's time after she returns from the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

May, who ducked televised debates during the 2017 snap general election, challenged Corbyn to a TV contest, nominally planned for Dec 9.

He said "the deal is doomed" unless MPs can "be persuaded somehow" that it guarantees the ability to reduce tariffs and strike trade deals with countries outside the EU.

It will then need to be ratified by the European Parliament, in a vote expected to take place in early 2019 as part of the tight timeline for the whole process being concluded before Brexit Day of March 29, 2019.

"I can say with absolute certainty that there is not a better deal available", May said.

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