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Remember when the Vote Leave campaign said, “After we Vote Leave, we would immediately be able to start negotiating new trade deals with emerging economies and the world’s biggest economies… which could enter into force immediately after the UK leaves the EU”?

It was stated on a Vote Leave press release dated June 15, 2016, a matter of days before the EU referendum last year.

Well, if you based your ‘Leave’ vote on that promise, be prepared for disappointment:

A senior Government source admitted the UK lacks the “capacity” to strike dozens of new trade deals.

A senior source at the Department for International Trade confessed: “We can’t do 40 FTAs (free trade agreements), we haven’t got the capacity to do that.”

Ministers want a string of “copy and paste” pacts in the wake of quitting the EU – scotching Brexiteers’ campaign claims that leaving the bloc would free the UK to sign its own agreements.

(Source: Britain “hasn’t got the capacity” to strike free trade deals Brexiteers promised, admits senior Government source)

Worse still is the announcement that arguments – sorry, negotiations – over the cost of leaving the EU may continue for another year. Meanwhile, everything else is on hold – including discussion of new trade deals:

Crunch talks about Britain’s Brexit divorce bill could drag on for another year, David Davis admitted.

The Brexit Secretary feared haggling over the crucial invoice for quitting – which some have estimated at 100billion euros – would overshadow the negotiations.

Updating MPs, he said: “My expectation is that the money argument will go on for the full duration of the negotiation.

“The famous European line ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’ will apply here, absolutely.”

(Source: Tory Brexit chief David Davis admits divorce bill talks could drag on for another YEAR)

Oh, and by the way, Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs to vote against the so-called “Great Repeal Bill” (in reality nothing of the sort, and recently renamed the EU Withdrawal Bill, which is still a misnomer), to prevent the minority Conservative government from taking on powers that will make it unaccountable to Parliament.

That’s a good reason, you know. Here are the details:

Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to oppose Tory plans for quitting the EU by dodging parliamentary scrutiny under “Henry VIII powers”.

The showdown will provide a test for Mrs May’s authority at a crunch Commons vote on Monday night.

A Labour spokesman said: “As democrats we cannot vote for a Bill that unamended would let Government ministers grab powers from Parliament to slash people’s rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment.

(Source: Jeremy Corbyn orders Labour MPs to vote against Brexit Repeal Bill in bid to block Tory power grab)


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