UK passport could turn dark blue after Brexit

It is clear that the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is seeking to outflank these Brexit negotiations by making a political move of her own that will seek Scottish secession as a means of preserving Scotland's membership of the European Union while the remainder of the United Kingdom seeks Brexit.

With the official triggering of Article 50, the clock on the two years of negotiations started ticking on Wednesday the 29th of March.

In her letter triggering Article 50 last week, Theresa May insisted she wants the UK's divorce agreement with the European Union and a free trade deal with the remaining 27 member states to be discussed at the same time.

The prime minister's hard negotiating stance is "unsubstantiated", the Commons Exiting the European Union committee said in a report on the government's Brexit negotiations.

"On trade, we have a clear shared interest".

May enters the unprecedented talks with an ambitious game plan, wanting "frictionless" trade and good cooperation with the bloc while gaining control over immigration and returning sovereignty-a wish list European Union officials have balked at.

"I had a great meeting with Chancellor Merkel".

At the time May said she was looking forward to pursuing a UK-US free trade agreement in the coming months and acknowledged how the US administration was making trade talks between the two countries one of its earliest priorities.

Weber said that trade deals with individual nations, like the one with Canada, take over half a decade to negotiate and even that one is still in the process of full approval.

"Both sides must recognise that an agreement on a wide-ranging partnership will be quite a laborious endeavour".

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said Mr Gabriel's comments in an interview with The Independent "show a level of awareness that has so far escaped our government". At the end of this negotiation, will we have looked at both withdrawal and the future relationship?

The report said it was important to avoid no deal being reached, saying: "The government has talked about walking away from a bad deal, but has not yet explained what terms would be demonstrably worse for the United Kingdom than "no deal".

He also thought that the centre-ground in Europe was holding strong.

This blue passport was first introduced in the 20's and then replaced after Britain joined the European Union, in 1988.

The findings follow an evidence session in which Brexit Secretary David Davis admitted there had been no formal assessment of the economic impact of falling back on WTO rules, but said it would likely result in the introduction of hefty tariffs on agricultural exports.

  • Joanne Flowers