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May says failure of CETA deal no bar to Brexit plans

Mrs May say it was important for Mps to be able to debate Brexit.

Theresa May has said that the breakdown in talks for a free trade union between Canada and the EU would have no bearing on the UK's own attempts to carve out a deal with Brussels.

The prime minister said she was "disappointed" by the blocks hit by the planned CETA deal but did not believe that they reflected on the UK's likely ability to get its own trade agreement with the bloc after Brexit. "We are not seeking to replicate an existing model," she told MPs in a statement. "We will be developing our own British model."

Mrs May also announced that parliament will be given the chance to discuss the terms of Brexit in a series of debates starting within weeks.

The discussions would take place both before and after Christmas, she added.


Belgium says it will not approve EU-Canada trade deal

Prime Minister Charles Michel said he would continue talks aimed at reviving the deal Credit: Reuters

Belgium said it had been unable to clear the way to approve an EU-Canada trade deal because a single region remains opposed.

"I have officially told Tusk that we have no agreement," said Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel after a meeting with regional leaders in Wallonia.

The Wallonians' implacable opposition threatens to derail the CETA trade agreement, which was seven years in the making.

Canada said it was "impossible" to continue talks last week, while the EU had given Belgium until Monday to hold crisis talks in the hope of reaching a compromise.

Michel said he was still open to dialogue with leaders in Wallonia, and that it was too early to say whether CETA was dead.

The breakdown of the talks has also highlighted the challenges faced by Theresa May as she attempt's to strike her own deal with the EU after the vote for Brexit.

Timing announced for Gov't airport expansion statement

The Government will choose between expansion at Heathrow (pictured) or Gatwick Airport. Credit: PA Wire

The Government will deliver a statement on its plans for airport expansion in south east England to MPs before midday on Tuesday.

A Number 10 spokeswoman confirmed Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will speak in Parliament at around 11.30am on the issue which has led to fierce Cabinet debate after decades of disagreement.

Mr Grayling said on Sunday any of the three options - new runways at Heathrow or Gatwick, or extending an existing runway at Heathrow - would "open up new opportunities" for Britain post Brexit.

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