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Britain and Switzerland concluded a trade agreement

Britain and Switzerland concluded a trade agreement

According to papers to be discussed by the Cabinet's Brexit sub-committee on Monday, the European Commission has told members states to "refrain from bilateral agreements or discussions with the United Kingdom, which would undermine EU unity". The backstop is the main obstacle to securing agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

In particular, there are few signs of progress in negotiating deals with big trading partners such as Japan, South Korea and Canada. British lawmakers in January overwhelmingly rejected the deal she had agreed with Brussels previous year.

The UK is set to sign an agreement with Switzerland on Monday to continue trading on preferential terms after Brexit, protecting a trade relationship worth £32bn ($41.4bn).

And there were signs of unease in Tory ranks at the idea of Mrs May exploring means of bringing the Labour leader on board in her search for a Brexit deal. But a member of May's cabinet pledged Sunday to give parliament a further ballot two weeks later - a measure meant to give the premier more time for talks with the EU.

Britain and Switzerland signed an agreement guaranteeing the continuation of trade between the two countries after the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union on 29 March.

But 433,000 more workers in the European Union and around the world would be affected, as their employers sell to companies who in turn export to Britain.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer [PA Wire] However, MPs are now set to be promised another vote if a new deal hasn't be struck by 27 February, where they will also be able to make suggestions - including extending the Article 50 deadline.

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The British media outlets have reported that UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox was considering cutting the tariffs on imports in case of a no-deal Brexit in order to keep prices low for consumers.

The accord follows a Swiss "Mind the Gap" strategy developed after British voters approved Brexit.

They aim to maneuver the whole Brexit mess toward a second referendum, which they believe would overturn the June 2016 plebiscite, in which a thin majority voted to leave the EU. It covers issues like free trade, public procurement, agriculture and the fight against fraud.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dated Sunday, May opposed his party's appeal for the country to remain in a customs union with Brussels. He says May's agreement can achieve "a great deal of what Jeremy Corbyn is interested in without taking away that option of having other trade deals".

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants says the European Union should divert the money to the Irish Revenue Commissioners which could then be distributed to the industries worst affected by Brexit.

The impasse risks a chaotic departure that would hurt the economy.