Britain lowers expectations for Brexit


"They fear that Brexit could lead to an Anglo-Saxon race to the bottom".

Improving animal welfare will be a priority after Brexit, the Environment Secretary will say today.

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: "Davis might as well be making the case for staying in the EU".

An IPPR/Opinium poll found that more than 60% of the public want to retain or tighten the rules on vehicle fuel emissions, rising to more than 70% for renewable energy targets, the working time directive and a cap on bankers' bonuses, and more than 80% for consumer cancellation rights.

Bishop said Australia was keen to pursue a bilateral free trade agreement with Britain, when the timing was right.

Last night Brexit officials warned the European Union that Britain could refuse to pay its multi-billion pound divorce bill if Brussels doesn't offer us a trade deal.

One of them, Best for Britain, captured the headlines this month because of a large donation from billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros. And that's why it's a message delivered by every member of Britain's government as we meet our European counterparts.

"If the best this Government can do is promise Britain will not turn into a "Mad Max" nightmare - it's no wonder people are anxious about their post-Brexit lives, " said general secretary of the GMB union, Tim Roache".

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The foreign minister joined her British counterpart Boris Johnson for a run around London's St James Park and breakfast at his home before an hour-long meeting to talk trade, visas and terrorism.

"This will be a crucial part of ensuring our future economic partnership is as open and trade remains as frictionless as possible".

Both sides must be able to work together to develop new regulations in areas of technology. Robots, artificial intelligence means "we must be ready".

In the meantime, here's a colorful profile of Davis in the Guardian which looks at whether the secretary has been overshadowed by May's top Brexit adviser Oliver Robbins.

On her way to a meeting of finance ministers in Brussels, Sweden's Magdalena Andersson was asked about her thoughts on the United Kingdom sticking to standards and regulations after Brexit. Answer: "I always trust the British politicians, of course".

Renew said it had received informal advice about how to proceed from En Marche (On the Move), French President Emmanuel Macron's upstart centrist party which came from nowhere to sweep to victory a year ago. "And because of that, I am certain that we can get this right". Put diplomatically, the European Union might be looking for something more than words.

The EU has repeatedly insisted that one of its red lines in any post-Brexit trade deal is the UK's continued adherence to a wide range of environmental and social standards, including action on climate change.