Brexit talks "closing in on workable solutions", Raab says

Kelley Robertson
September 15, 2018

European Union leaders will discuss when they meet in Austria next week whether to hold a special summit on Brexit in November, a senior EU diplomat said on Thursday.

"We expect only 1224 permits to be made available to United Kingdom hauliers every year if they wish to travel to the EU - that number pales into insignificance when you consider that the Port of Dover can handle up to 10,000 vehicle movements each day", Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Head of European Policy, Pauline Bastidon, said.

Permit requirements vary between European Union member states because there are two types of permit.

Come March 29, 2019, though, that could all change.

This follows Raab's confirmation that the United Kingdom will not pay its £39 billion (€44 billion) "divorce bill" to Brussels if there is no overall deal on its departure from the EU.

It also confirmed the likelihood of parallel competition and merger investigations in a "no deal" Brexit scenario. They also have a strong incentive to deny the United Kingdom a deal so attractive it might encourage others to follow the British example.

The RAC lauded the government's decision to publish guidance for a no-deal Brexit, but said it still wanted to see a deal that provided maximum convenience for motorists.

He said one of the consequences of a "no deal" Brexit "is that obviously we wouldn't pay out the money that has been agreed as part of the withdrawal agreement".

Yet there is a long way to go until Dominic Raab, or anyone in government, can be sure.

Profit at Britain's biggest department stores group, John Lewis Partnership, was wiped out in the first half as it was forced to match discounting by its struggling rivals on a fiercely competitive high street.

However, Carney also told the cabinet meeting that Britain could expect a 16 billion pound boost if there was a deal struck based on May's so-called Chequers proposals which involve a common rule book for goods trade with the bloc, the Financial Times reported.

Competition law expert Alan Davis of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind, said "the unanswered question of what will happen to these ongoing merger and competition investigations could concern businesses especially given how close we are to the exit date".

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