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WorldBritain signs trade deal with Switzerland as May sets out Brexit plan to Corbyn

04:55  11 february  2019
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Britain signs trade deal with Switzerland as May sets out Brexit plan to Corbyn© TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images Anti-brexit campaigners wave Union and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 17, 2018, ahead of a statement by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons later today. - Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday warn MPs against supporting a second Brexit referendum, as calls mount for a public vote to break the political impasse over the deal she struck with the EU. "Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum," she will tell parliament, according to extracts from her speech released by Downing Street. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK has signed an agreement with Switzerland ensuring the trading relationship between the two nations will continue after Brexit, the British government said.

May will speak to EU business, visit Northern Ireland to bolster Brexit plan

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They accuse Mrs May of selling out the nation, as if one country could simply stare down a bloc of 27. The Guardian is editorially independent, meaning we set our own agenda. Our journalism is free from commercial bias and not influenced by billionaire owners Corbyn has been May 's little helper.

Brexit (/ˈbrɛksɪt/ or /ˈbrɛɡzɪt/), (Irish: Breatamach) a portmanteau of " British " and "exit", is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).

A deal between the countries was announced in December and ratified in Bern, Switzerland on Monday.

It will replicate current trading arrangements "as far as possible," the government said when it was revealed. But ministers remain under pressure to strike further deals before Britain leaves the European Union on March 29.

"Switzerland is one of the most valuable trading partners that we are seeking continuity for, accounting for more than 32 billion pounds worth of trade a year," Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said in a statement.

"This is of huge economic importance to UK businesses, so I'm delighted to be here in Bern today, ensuring continuity for 15,000 British exporters," he added.

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Labour has set out our alternative plan for a sensible Brexit that would work for all of our nations and regions, bring The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn , has written to party members this evening, talking up There must now be a people’s vote to break the deadlock and get the country out of this mess.

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As a member of the EU, the UK benefits from the EU's trade deals with other nations, but it will lose those deals in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Switzerland is not a member of the EU but is part of its single market.

On Sunday, the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said the government's failure to secure other continuity of trade deals was an "emergency."

"The prospect is the day after Brexit those deals will disappear," Carolyn Fairbairn told Sky News.

May pens letter to Corbyn

The development marks a temporary victory for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is battling to pass her withdrawal agreement with the EU through Parliament.

May wrote Sunday to opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, with whom she has talked since her agreement was emphatically defeated in the House of Commons last month. She revealed Parliament will play a bigger role in directing negotiations with the EU.

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Corbyn said May had sent Britain hurtling toward the cliff edge of a disorderly exit on March 29 with no transition period, and urged her to ditch “red lines”. But he repeated his own prerequisite for talks: a pledge to block a no- deal Brexit . May told Corbyn that was “an impossible condition” and urged him

The UK has set out how it could operate as an "independent trading nation" after Brexit , even if no trade deal is reached with Brussels. Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs "real and tangible progress" had been made in Brexit talks. But the country must be prepared for "every eventuality", as the

"We intend to give Parliament a bigger say in the mandate for the next phase of the negotiations to address concerns that... MPs cannot be sure precisely what future relationship it would lead to," May wrote.

She also said she hoped to have further discussions with Labour over the "alternative arrangements" to the backstop to the Northern Irish border which she is seeking to secure with EU leaders.

But she again rejected Corbyn's calls for Britain to remain in the customs union after Brexit, arguing it would diminish the country's ability to strike trade deals.

"I am not clear why you believe it would be preferable to seek a say in future EU trade deals rather than the ability to strike our own deals?" she wrote.

If no new deal has been reached with the EU by Wednesday, May will make a statement to Parliament that day, and table a motion for debate Thursday.

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