Michael Gove unveiled the Government’s Brexit masterplan in the Commons Yesterday, where he stressed the importance of the future of the UK as a free and independent nation. He also revealed that if negotiations with Brussels had failed to progress by June, the Government would end the talks and spend the next six months preparing for a hard exit on the World Trade Organization (WTO) terms. In response to the threat, one EU diplomat said “no one will be able to stop Britain”.
The Tory minister’s tough talk came as Boris Johnson unveiled the Government’s 350 – page blueprint for trade Talks with the EU.
In response to the document, one EU diplomat told the Financial Times it “prepares the ground for a no deal, at least rhetorically”.
They added: “If Number ‘s vision of sovereignty means jumping off a cliff edge, no one will be able to stop Britain. ”
Mr Johnson’s plans also outlined his intentions to regain full control of is fishing grounds, while agreeing annual access arrangements with the EU.
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UK house prices accelerated to its strongest levels since July this month, according to the Nationwide Building Society.
Values rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, and gained 0.3 percent from January alone.
Mark Harris, chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, said: “There has been a shift in sentiment among buyers and sellers following the election and more certainty with regards to Brexit .
“Activity has noticeably picked up and with all lenders keen to do more lending this year, there should be plenty of attractive deals to attract buyers. There is more positivity than we have seen in a while, which bodes well for the traditionally busier spring market. “