Theresa May in Brussels for crunch Brexit talks on future UK-EU relationship
Theresa May is holding talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels as she attempts to agree the outline of the UK's future relationship with the EU.
The prime minister needs to strike an agreement on a framework in areas like trade and security in order to avoid derailing a Brussels summit on Sunday, at which her draft withdrawal agreement will be discussed.
Sky News has learnt the PM's cabinet agreed she should adopt bolder language in tonight's talks to flesh out the political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU.
UK must forge 'closest possible' relationship with EU, says OECD
Britain needs to forge a deal with the European Union that brings the closest possible relationship or risk an economic downturn, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned in its latest health check on the global economy.
The thinktank, which advises 34 of the world’s richest countries, appeared to support Theresa May’s deal with the EU, or an even closer alternative, as the best way to avoid harming the UK economy and placing extra strain on global growth.
The warning comes a year after the Paris-based organisation pointed out the benefits of a second referendum and a vote to remain in the EU to save the UK from a severe economic shock.
Labour's McDonnell says UK in disarray but parliament will block no-deal Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in disarray over Brexit but there is no majority in parliament for damaging the economy by leaving the EU without a deal, the opposition Labour Party’s finance minister-in-waiting said on Wednesday.
“We just can’t go on like this,” Labour finance chief John McDonnell, 67, said in a speech at Reuters in London. “We just cannot go on with this instability, uncertainty that there is in government, day by day and sometimes hour by hour.”
Since striking a draft deal with the EU last week, May has faced the most perilous crisis of her premiership with several ministers resigning.