Theresa May and cabinet to discuss UK's future relationship with the EU

  • Theresa May and cabinet to discuss UK's future relationship with the EU

Theresa May and cabinet to discuss UK's future relationship with the EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told the parliament, "we are well on our way to delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit".

But Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, called for a change of tack by the government in the second round of talks with the EU.

The Labour MP Peter Kyle said: "The Prime Minister may have finally got past phase one by agreeing to cough up a £40 billion divorce bill, but negotiating the future relationship will prove to be far more complicated and costly".

He told Prospect magazine: "We won't mix up the various scenarios to create a specific one and accommodate their wishes, mixing, for instance, the advantages of the Norwegian model, member of the single market, with the simple requirements of the Canadian one".

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Express, May vowed that she would "not be derailed" from securing an "ambitious deal" with the EU.

Separately, speaking to the Times of London, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson argued that the United Kingdom can not mirror European Union laws or else "we would have gone from being a member state to a vassal state".

"The prime minister said the government would quickly seek to negotiate a two-year transition deal, on the same trade and customs terms as the United Kingdom now enjoys with Europe", adding that talks would begin "very soon".

However, she added that Britain will still continue to follow the rules of the single market and customs union throughout that period.

Theresa May will insist she intends to finalise trade deals during the transition period, something that pits her against Brussels, the European Union having signalled it would not be feasible under their proposed terms.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has described his vision of the deal as "Canada, plus, plus, plus" - taking in not only trade but services and co-operation in other areas.

Earlier, the PM's official spokesman stressed her commitment to "maintaining and where possible enhancing" workers' rights after Brexit.

Theresa May is committed to maintaining workers' rights after Brexit and Cabinet ministers are not expected to discuss European Union regulations which limit the working week to 48 hours at a crunch meeting on Monday, Downing Street said.

"I wouldn't anticipate it's part of the cabinet discussion", he told a regular Westminster briefing.