All eyes on Brexit as UK parliament reopens

All eyes on Brexit as UK parliament reopens

Agency News

London, Oct 10: Britain should hold its nerve as negotiations with Brussels on its departure from the European Union (EU) reach the final stretch, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons which reopened on Tuesday.

But former Brexit Secretary David Davis warned the ruling Conservative Party risked losing the next general election unless it ditched the so-called Chequers plan, the blueprint for a new trade deal favored by prime minister Theresa May, Xinhua reported.

Raab, updating MPs after they returned to Westminster following the party conference season, reiterated Britain's insistence that there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of the biggest hurdles still facing negotiators on both sides.

Also ruling out a second referendum, Raab said Britain's White Paper proposals, known as Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit blueprint, "are the best way of ensuring there is continued frictionless trade in goods after Britain leaves the EU".

It also fulfills the commitment to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, he added. (UNI)