Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2019

Brexit news: Malaysia offers Boris Johnson trade deal ‘shed EU red tape and protectionism’ | Politics | News


Malaysia is the latest country to offer Britain a post-Brexit trade deal, after Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said last week that the UK would be “first in line” with the US. In a statement to Bloomberg, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said: “Post-Brexit, the UK will have a historic opportunity to strike a trade deal with one of the world’s fastest-growing regions and prove that it can shed European red tape and protectionism.”

It comes as Mr Johnson is set to head to Berlin and Paris this week to call for a new Brexit agreement.

The Prime Minister is demanding the controversial Irish backstop is scrapped from the divorce deal.

Mr Johnson’s meetings with the French President and German Chancellor come ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz at the end of the week, where he is also likely to meet the US President for talks.

It comes after leaked documents detailed the “aftershocks” Britain could face if there is no deal.

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Malaysia has offered the UK a trade deal after Brexit (Image: GETTY)

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Image: GETTY)

The “Operation Yellowhammer” documents warn that Britain will be hit by food, fuel and medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A senior Whitehall source told the Sunday Times: “This is not Project Fear, this is the most realistic assessment of what the public face with no deal. These are likely, basic, reasonable scenarios – not the worst case.”

There could even be protests across the UK which would “require significant amounts of police resources” in a no-deal scenario, according to the documents.

But a Number 10 source insisted the “entire posture of Government has changed” since the papers were drawn up.

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Malaysia is the latest country to offer Britain a post-Brexit trade deal (Image: GETTY)

They said: “This document is from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available.

“It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders.

“Those obstructing preparation are no longer in Government, £2 billion of extra funding (has been) already made available, and Whitehall has been stood up to actually do the work through the daily ministerial meetings.”

And Michael Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said the documents were a “worse-case scenario”.

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Mr Johnson is set to head to Berlin and Paris this week to call for a new Brexit agreement (Image: GETTY)

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Mr Johnson is likely to meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit (Image: GETTY)

He added that “significant steps” have been taken in the last three weeks to ramp up planning for no deal.

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond has denied he was behind the leak after being accused of releasing the documents in a bid to undermine Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Up to 40 rebel Tories are backing a bid led by Mr Hammond and former justice secretary David Gauke to block no deal on Halloween, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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Boris Johnson on Brexit (Image: EXPRESS)

It comes after 21 Tory MPs, including ex-Cabinet ministers Rory Stuart, David Lidington and Greg Clark, wrote to Mr Johnson to warn his demand to ditch the backstop “set the bar so high that there is no realistic probability of a deal being done”.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will use a speech in Northamptonshire today to say that a general election triggered by Brexit will provide a “once-in-a-generation chance” for a change of direction in politics.

The left-winger will set out his vision to rebuild Britain and vow to do “everything necessary” to thwart no deal.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to become caretaker prime minister failed last week (Image: GETTY)

Mr Corbyn is expected to say: “While Brexit is the framework of the crisis we face, the problems facing our country run much deeper.

“A general election triggered by the Tory Brexit crisis will be a crossroads for our country. It will be a once-in-a-generation chance for a real change of direction, potentially on the scale of 1945 or 1979. Things cannot go on as they were before.”

Last week, his plan to become caretaker prime minister to sabotage Brexit failed when Remainers from other parties failed to get behind him.



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