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Britain is reportedly close to abandoning a Brexit trade deal. Ministers now believe that Britain and the EU will fail to sign a post-Brexit trade deal, according to the Daily Telegraph. There are just days before Boris Johnson’s July deadline for an outline agreement passes.
According to the publication, the Government’s “central working assumption” is that Britain will trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms when the transition period ends on December 31.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, arrived in London last week to begin the latest round of negotiations.
The two powers remain deadlocked on issues of fishing rights, so-called level playing-field guarantees, governance of the deal, and the role of the European Court of Justice.
It has led many to suggest there may not be a deal at all.
Instead, some sort of “basic agreement” is likely to be drawn up.
Both EU and UK businesses have already been told to start preparing for a no trade deal exit.
Mr Johnson has already refused to grant an extension to the transition period.
Although Brexit is now certain, many Brexiteers feared that the process would never come to fruition.
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The UK officially left the EU on January 31, 2020.
It took nearly four years from the referendum date to happen.
Staunch Remainers, both inside Westminster and popular culture, threw their weight behind several campaigns in a bid to prevent the UK leaving the bloc.
Mr Grieve, who lost his seat to a new Tory Brexiteer candidate, Joy Morrissey, in the December general election, outright opposed the Brexit referendum.
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In 2019, Mr Grieve backed a plan that would make no deal Brexit significantly harder.
The bill passed on a knife edge 294 to 293 in favour of requiring ministers to give fortnightly updates on the situation in Northern Ireland, and to make it harder for the next Prime Minister to suspend Parliament to try and force Britain out of the EU without a deal.
Unlike many of his fellow Remainer counterparts, Mr Grieve appeared to accept the Brexit referendum result.
He said as much in 2016, a few months after the vote, in a letter to a constituent.
However, he also revealed that he believed a second referendum could be held.
He said: “We have to accept … that the referendum result represents, at the time it was held, a clear statement of a majority view that we should leave the EU.
“In a democracy such a result cannot just be ignored.
“The Government and Parliament must treat it with respect.
“It is of course possible that it will become apparent with the passage of time that public opinion has shifted on the matter.
“If so a second referendum may be justified.”
Mr Grieve championed those speaking out against Brexit, rejecting the assertion from many that they should give up hope.
It culminated in his supporting a failed People’s Vote campaign.
Mr Grieve now gives talks and speeches on “balancing civil liberties and human rights with security”.
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