Daily Brexit Update: Tuesday 11th September 2018
The TUC conference in Manchester has voted to keep open the option of a national vote on the terms of the final deal struck between the UK and the EU.
The vote was for the following TUC general council statement: "Congress calls on the general council to mobilise our movement politically and industrially to prevent either a cliff-edge Brexit or if the government’s withdrawal deal fails to meet the TUC’s tests."
But one union leader, the head of the Brexit backing RMT, Mick Cash, said: "Let’s be honest here: the people’s vote or popular vote is nothing more than a Trojan horse to a second EU referendum, a second referendum that will lead to social unrest."
A Brexit deal could be done (well, one that Remainers like anyway) – (video):
But is Theresa May's Chequers based Brexit proposal actually dead in reality? (Video.)
While vehicle manufacturers worry about the prospect of a no-deal. But Theresa is to meet them in Birmingham to talk about low emission tech and listen to their concerns. "On Tuesday the prime minister was due to highlight the potential for low emissions technology but before the meeting the industry’s trade body emphasised that ministers have to ensure that the UK would remain an attractive investment environment post Brexit." Reports the Guardian.
Tory Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg keeps the WTO pressure on. "Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg will today continue to talk up the advantages of the UK exiting the European Union without a deal, setting out how trading on World Trade Organisation rules would present “remarkable” advantages for Britain post-Brexit." Reports Westmonster.
“Trading on WTO terms has been hugely successful and prices would go down by as much as 8% for some basic items such as food and footwear, meaning it would provide the biggest benefit to the least well-off.”👌
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) September 11, 2018
The pound continues to strengthen as a deal looks more likely. The trouble is that the establishment and business might like a deal – any deal – especially one that does not rock any boats. But true Brexiteers won't want anything that resembles the Chequers proposals.
The EU and the Republic of Ireland would like to have EU customs officials stationed at UK ports serving Ireland in order to 'de-dramatise' the border issue. But Number Ten is having none of it. "But No 10 is insistent that the proposals set out in the Chequers plan, with a common rulebook for goods and agrifood, and a “facilitated customs arrangement”, which would involve the UK levying EU tariffs, will ultimately remove the need for border checks altogether." Reports the Guardian.
This doesn't fit the remain narrative does it? RELX has put all its corporate eggs in the London basket by dropping its Netherlands structures.