Theresa May dashes hopes of separate deal for Scotland after Brexit

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Theresa May dashes hopes of separate deal for Scotland after Brexit
Theresa May has issued a fresh warning to Nicola Sturgeon not to expect special treatment for Scotland in the UK’s Brexit negotiations. Speaking before a meeting of the devolved administrations and the UK government, the prime minister said she had a mandate to deliver a Brexit deal “for the whole of the UK”. Mrs May’s remarks were being interpreted at Holyrood last night as a clear rebuke to the first minister’s plan for a separate Scottish deal after Brexit. Ms Sturgeon, however, has refused to back down on her demands for Scotland to be allowed to remain within the European single market. Speaking before today’s meeting, the first minister warned that “time is fast running out” for the two governments to reach an agreement on the way forward. The joint ministerial committee meeting in Cardiff will bring together the heads of the devolved administrations with the prime minister. - The Times (£)
SNP may ditch principle of full EU membership - The Times (£)
Theresa May shuts down Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit moan as she focuses on getting good deal ‘for the UK as a whole’ - The Sun
Theresa May to warn devolved nations: you have no veto on Brexit - The Guardian
Theresa May in Cardiff today to meet with Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon - Wales Online
DUP and Sinn Féin to attend Theresa May meeting - BBC News
Jeremy Corbyn threatens his Shadow cabinet with the sack if they defy whip and don’t vote to trigger Brexit...
Jeremy Corbyn warned his Shadow Cabinet yesterday they faced the sack if they voted against triggering the start of Britain’s divorce from the EU. The Labour leader said it would be “impossible” for them to carry on in their jobs. He is facing an exodus from his front bench following two resignations – with more expected. Shadow Business Secretary Clive Lewis and Shadow Environment Secretary Rachael Maskell have both signalled they may vote against triggering Article 50. Mr Corbyn also revealed he will back the Brexit vote – even if he doesn’t secure the amendments Labour have asked for. - The Sun he says he could welcome back seven Labour rebels who quit over Brexit vote
Jeremy Corbyn is prepared to welcome back seven Labour rebels who are poised to quit his shadow cabinet this week because they are opposed to Brexit. The Labour leader admitted that it will be "impossible" for front-benchers to stay in the shadow cabinet if they vote against triggering Article 50. More than 100 Labour MPs are on Wednesday expected to join forces with the SNP to vote against triggering Brexit. - Daily Telegraph
‘Suspend disbelief' and trigger Article 50, says Labour MP and Remain supporter Stephen Kinnock Aberavon MP - BBC
Young people optimistic about economy despite Brexit, says study
A surge in optimism among young people about jobs and spare cash helped maintain robust consumer confidence in the last three months of 2016, despite fears about Brexit. Spending on essentials, such as groceries, and discretionary items, including meals out, increased as confidence among the 18-34 age group rose to its highest level since advisory firm Deloitte began its quarterly consumer tracker, according to the latest data. The findings come as the Bank of England is expected to upgrade growth forecasts for the second time in three months on Thursday as the UK economy continues to defy expectations of a sharp Brexit slowdown. - The Guardian
Brexit won't break Britain's trading relationships with Europe, study shows
British businesses will continue to have a strong trading relationship with European customers and suppliers despite the Brexit vote, research to be released today suggests. Of 1,500 business people surveyed, around three quarters currently sell and source goods and services in the EU market, and UK companies will continue to see Europe as a vital trading partner after the UK leaves the European Union, the survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows. - City A.M.
Weetabix to invest £30m in UK production sites - City A.M.

Danish pharmaceutical company to invest £115m in diabetes research centre at Oxford University, despite Brexit
Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, Novo Nordisk’s chief scientist, said the decision to set up the Oxford research centre followed 15 years of working successfully with the university on a smaller scale, including a post-doctoral fellowship programme. The Brexit vote has had no effect either way, he added. “All the uncertainties about Brexit are unfortunate but they do not affect this collaboration,” Mr Thomsen said. “Oxford will remain a great global university whatever happens.” - FT (£)
EU says UK banks must retain its standards to keep access
“We have heard threats of going rogue and creating an offshore tax haven,” Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, said in Brussels. “That would be a huge mistake, and it would certainly stand in the way of a fair trade deal that would suit us both.” The speech follows British Prime Minister Theresa May’s suggestion that the U.K. is prepared to use all tools at its disposal to attract business to the country if the EU declines to offer a post-separation arrangement that is acceptable to her government. In her Jan. 17 speech laying out her priorities for Brexit, May said “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal” and that the country would have more freedom to embrace policies to attract companies and investors. - Bloomberg
Greece’s woes ‘may spell end of the EU’
Greece is in trouble again, and failure to rein in its explosive debt and wrap up a key bailout review with creditors soon could push the country out of the euro, leading economists and the International Monetary Fund warn. The threat caps another failed bid by Greece and its creditors to resolve differences over a deadlocked review of Athens’s third bailout package of as much as €86 billion. At the heart of the dispute is Athens’s refusal to legislate added austerity demands by creditors, seven years into a crisis that has wiped out 37 per cent of household incomes and one in three businesses, leaving 1.2 million Greeks unemployed, the highest rate in Europe. - The Times (£)
Nicky Morgan MP: Tolerance. Fairness. Looking outwards. The values I prize as I prepare to vote for Article 50
To those who think there is an option for Parliament to vote down the Article 50 Bill, my response is that this would simply open up a new crisis in our democracy, as MPs would appear to be second-guessing the referendum result, and undermining the very things that last week’s Supreme Court judgment upheld. Yes, the Article 50 Bill needs to be subjected to high-quality debate and scrutiny in both Houses of Parliament. Failing to pass it wouldn’t stop the clock on Brexit – but it would stir up more public anger, create demand for more extreme views to be voiced, and be a nail in the coffin for our parliamentary democracy. And it is this democracy which ultimately will ensure we get the most advantageous Brexit for Britain. - Nicky Morgan MP for ConservativeHome
James Brokenshire MP: Brexit is not a threat to peace in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is fundamentally important to the United Kingdom, and the Government is firmly committed to a successful Northern Ireland within the UK but outside the EU. Some have incorrectly suggested EU Exit is a threat to the peace process. None of the institutions and provisions set out in the 1998 Agreement, including those relating to human rights, are in any way undermined by the decision of the UK to leave the EU. The UK government’s commitment to the Belfast Agreement and its successors, including Stormont House and Fresh Start, is unwavering. That will be the unified message from Dublin tomorrow. - James Brokenshire MP for the Daily Telegraph
Matt Ridley: Brexit will boost our green and pleasant land
Andrea Leadsom, the agriculture and environment secretary, is to set out her plans for the British countryside in two green papers: one on the environment this week and one on farming later. She should be ambitious and positive: the future, post-Brexit, could be bright and green.
What is the countryside for? For most of human history, its job was to provide food, fuel, fibre and building material. Today, we get most of those things from factories supplied by comparatively tiny quarries or wells. Only food still needs a vast acreage, but even that is a lot less vast than it was. The area of land required to produce a given quantity of food is now just a third of what it was in 1960, thanks to technology. - Matt Ridley in The Times (£)
Trevor Kavanagh: Donald Trump’s fascination with the UK is a real helping hand for Theresa May’s trade ambitions
The world may be worried about Donald Trump’s shock-jock presidential style but we in Britain can only bask in our unexpected good fortune. Last June we apparently faced economic meltdown and isolation after voting for Brexit against stern advice from just about everyone — including the then President of the United States of America. Today, a new American President is taking our Prime Minister by the hand, declaring his love for all things British and almost pleading with us to sign an historic deal on trade and jobs. Yet as we digest the implications of this stupendous stroke of luck, ranting feminists, lefties and showbiz luvvies are queueing up to look a fabled gift horse in the mouth. Even Prince Charles seems ready to charge into battle on his climate change hobby horse. - Trevor Kavanagh for The Sun
Paul England: Embrace simple taxes and openness to trade to make a long-term success of Brexit
And the final piece of the jigsaw is to ensure, despite Brexit, Britain remains an outward-looking economy with access to international markets and global talent. There are two levels of support required from the government. One centres on giving the practical detail as soon as possible of what new bureaucracy will be required to continue trading with the EU to avoid any interruption of supplies. And the other longer-term ambition is to secure additional trade deals and improve business access to the skilled people they need. The UK has made a big decision to leave the EU and it’s clear that Brexit means Brexit. Earlier this month we got the short-term negotiating position. Now is the time to discuss the long-term vision. - Paul England in City A.M.
Therese Raphael: Think About the UK in Nafta. Really.
Tearing NAFTA apart and including the UK would be a risky gambit, but it would allow Trump to claim that he had reformed Nafta (maybe even renaming it), while also rebutting critics who say he is a reckless protectionist. Canada and Mexico would have to sign off, but it's hard to imagine a Trans-Atlantic expansion of the club being a deal-breaker, given that the alternative might be no deal at all. Black (who has been supportive of Trump) lamented two decades ago that U.K. leaders lacked the pluck to clinch what he saw as Britain's rightful destiny. But May has the courage of Brexit voters' convictions. It is now more of a test for the U.S. dealmaker-in-chief. - Therese Raphael for Bloomberg
Brexit comment in brief
Another show of disunity looms at Friday’s EU summit as Europe's political elite fight to keep union from tearing itself apart - Peter Foster in the Daily Telegraph (£)
Post-Brexit, the UK's future is creative - Leonid Bershidsky for Bloomberg
Theresa May's Global Britain can show Donald Trump there is better way than closing America's door to the world - Juliet Samuel for the Daily Telegraph
Theresa May’s cautious response to Donald Trump’s ban means she’s better placed to secure a US trade deal - The Sun Says
Brexit news in brief
Martin Schulz profile: Left-wing europhile who wants 'hardest Brexit possible' and hopes to topple Angela Merkel - Daily Telegraph
Polish Deputy Prime Minister encourages Poles living in the UK to return home - PoliticsHome
Better Forecasts Not Enough for Carney in Brexit’s Long Shadow - Bloomberg 
BAE hopes Turkish jet deal will boost trade links - The Times (£)
EU trade deal ‘vital’ for the prosperity of city economies - The Times (£) 
British MEPs retain leading roles in European Parliament, despite their impending departure - Politico

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