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No-deal Brexit 'could cost 600,000 jobs worldwide'

11 February 2019

"It seems to me we're now at the point where we can have meaningful talks to get a deal between the main political party leaders", he said.

With only 47 days to go, there have been claims the prime minister is running down the clock to make it more likely that MPs will back her withdrawal agreement as so many of them fear a no-deal departure.

In 2017, Switzerland registered 11.4 billion Swiss francs (US$11.4 billion) in exports to Britain, making it the wealthy Alpine nation's sixth largest export market. 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.

He says what she actually intends to do is return to Parliament after the 21/22 March European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a "binary choice" - her deal or no deal.

Britain and Switzerland will sign an agreement on Monday to continue trading on preferential terms after Brexit, the British trade department said, protecting a trade relationship worth 32 billion pounds, Trend reported citing Reuters.

Mr Brokenshire refused to commit to this in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, saying there could be more votes on amendments to the proposed deal instead.

"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir told The Sunday Times.

Mrs May described discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels as "robust but constructive" and insisted she was determined to "negotiate hard" over the coming days to secure legally-binding changes to the Agreement which will render it acceptable to Parliament.

A pro-Brexit protester stands outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, Feb. 7, 2019. British lawmakers in January overwhelmingly rejected the deal she had agreed with Brussels a year ago.

The UK is seeking to replicate about 40 European Union free trade agreements, covering more than 70 countries.

MPs voted to replace the controversial backstop with "alternative arrangements" in a vote on amendments to the PM's Brexit deal last month. They are scheduled to hold a final vote on the issue by the end of February. The prime minister is now in talks with Brussels to seek these changes to the backstop.

Blair warned Sunday that a no-deal Brexit would inevitably lead to a so-called hard border being reintroduced on the island of Ireland with "potentially devastating" consequences for the peace process in Northern Ireland.

After meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Thursday to discuss Brexit, Lamberts told this website, "It's clear that across the EU, from Dublin to Brussels, we are united in defending the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement, the Single Market and our Union".

No-deal Brexit 'could cost 600,000 jobs worldwide'