Prime Minister warns over tying her hands in Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister warns over tying her hands in Brexit negotiations

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 12:10am

Theresa May has fired a warning shot across Parliament’s bows over Brexit as she heads off on a trade mission to India. 

Speaking after the High Court ruled she could not trigger talks to leave the EU without Westminster’s approval, the Prime Minister said Remain-supporting MPs and peers “need to accept what the people decided”.

She also cautioned against attempts to force the Government to put its “cards on the table” ahead of the EU negotiations arguing it was “not in our national interest”.

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The PM said: “While others seek to tie our negotiating hands, the Government will get on with the job of delivering the decision of the British people.

“It was MPs who overwhelmingly decided to put the decision in their hands. The result was clear. It was legitimate.”

Her comments came as she embarked on her first bilateral visit outside of Europe in a bid to “seize the opportunities of leaving the European Union”.

Mrs May is looking to pave the way for a free trade agreement with India once the UK leaves the EU.

She said: “We need to turn our minds to how we get the best outcome for our country.

“That means sticking to our plan and timetable, getting on with the work of developing our negotiating strategy and not putting all our cards on the table – that is not in our national interest and it won’t help us get the best deal for Britain.”

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It is an indication the PM is contemplating the prospect of parliamentary scrutiny ahead of the triggering of Article 50, even though she intends to challenge last week’s court judgment.

Bill Esterson, Labour’s shadow international trade minister, said: “Theresa May needs to give Indian businesses confidence in the UK economy.

“Foreign investors want certainty and the British Prime Minister should tell her Indian counterpart what her plan is for international Trade.

“Otherwise UK based Indian businesses will look elsewhere for their certainty with damaging consequences for UK jobs and our economy.”

More than 30 business representatives will join the Prime Minister on her mission to forge an improved strategic partnership with India.

A Number 10 spokeswoman said the Government is “looking at how we can lay the groundwork before we leave the EU on breaking down existing barriers… So once we have left the EU we would be ready to move as soon as possible to develop that free trade relationship”.

Mrs May will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi and is looking for business opportunities with the world’s fastest growing major economy.

There are a million new entrants to the Labour market in India every month.

By 2025, Mr Modi will be looking to raise $50bn to spend on new hospitals, $3.6trn investment in new energy and £1trn for core infrastructure.

The UK Government believes there are areas that play to British strengths in terms of the nation’s engineering, manufacturing and service skills.

Another area the area the delegation will be pushing for is more access for the UK’s legal profession into the Indian market place. 

However, India is expected to demand greater immigration into the UK as part of any post-Brexit trade deal.

The PM’s spokeswoman said: “It is possible that this is one of the issues that will be raised in the discussions.

“Our approach is we want to attract the brightest and the best while still doing more to control migration and bring it down to sustainable levels.”

When it comes to UK visas, there are already more applications points in India than any other country.

The UK also issues more visas to students in India than any other country other than China and the US and 89% of Indian students who apply for a visa get them.

But India may demand more working visas for its citizens in return for lifting restrictions on trade.

Any further relaxation of immigration rules would be sensitive given the PM is sticking to the Conservatives pledge to cut net migration below 100,000.

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