British Prime Minister Theresa May faced claims from her backbenchers of deciding “Brexit means Remain” before Jeremy Corbyn slammed the “war” raging inside the Conservative Party. Mrs May was confronted by Leave-backing Tory Andrea Jenkyns at Prime Minister’s Questions, who questioned why the Government had backed away from its “Brexit means Brexit” approach.
The head of Nato has called on Britain to continue investing in defense amid claims that Theresa May has questioned the UK’s role as a leading military power. In a speech in London, Jens Stoltenberg said he expected the UK to continue playing a major international role.
Nicola Sturgeon is to meet senior UK government politicians for the first time since accusing them of ripping up the devolution settlement. The first minister will hold talks with Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington in Guernsey.
Fresh doubts have been raised over Theresa May’s hopes for a deal on future relations with Europe, after reports that her proposals for the Irish border have been comprehensively rejected in Brussels. One report of a meeting this week between Britain’s lead negotiator Olly Robbins and senior EU officials suggested that the Prime Minister’s plans for avoiding a hard border with the Republic were subjected to “a systematic and forensic annihilation”.
Financial services firms are worried about prospects for the UK economy, with Brexit remaining the biggest risk, a study shows. Research by Lloyds Bank found that executives in the sector believe growth in this country will be outpaced by all other nations in the G7 this year.
The CEO of the European Tourism Association, ETOA, Tom Jenkins told Parliament that Brexit is already harming the inbound travel industry, damaging productivity and asked for assurances that hiring non-UK EU workers remains free from bureaucratic burdens, since language skills are particularly important in the industry.