PM means business on Brexit?
So says The Independent, which claims Teresa May wants to put an end to ‘Government by headline’.
Writer Andrew Grice reports: “I think the pro-EU optimists will be disappointed, and expect that May will invoke Article 50 next January or February. Why? Because the rest of the EU is already furious enough about what it sees as foot-dragging in London.
“Other EU leaders have already given May extra time. When the Conservative Party leadership election was due to end in September, she planned to trigger Article 50 early next year and did not bring the date forward when she became PM in July. Any further delay might be counterproductive for Britain.
“Although the European Commission and May’s EU counterparts cannot force us to start formal negotiations, they can make life very difficult for us when we eventually do. And it is “when,” not “if”.
Of course, we must remember the Government has a tiny majority of 12 – the PM has to reassure the Tory back benchers who voted for Brexit.
EU citizens left in limbo
An interesting report by the BBC, among others, on EU citizens in the UK.
Leading Vote Leave figure Gisela Stuart says EU citizens in the UK have been “left in limbo” since the referendum.
The Labour MP will head a research project on how to protect their rights after the UK leaves the EU.
The cross-party inquiry, for centre-left think tank British Future, will examine what kind of legal status could be granted to EU citizens in the UK.
And those British citizens living in the EU should also have their rights protected.
Wooing the Scots
Meanwhile, a report in The Financial Times reveals British ministers are in Scotland to reassure them on a Brexit future.
Andrew Dunlop, Scotland minister, arrived in Inverness on Monday to discuss Brexit with sectors including tourism, energy and food and drink, while David Mundell, Scotland secretary, met local governments last week and will visit Borders farmers on Wednesday.