UK's Johnson slaps business lobby for European Union customs call

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GETTYThe UK will pay towards the fund post Brexit after Mrs May agreed to honour financial commitments

Former Goldman Sachs economist and Treasury minister Jim O'Neill said on Monday morning that Britain's economy was likely to do better in 2018 than many forecasts suggest and the benefits of global growth in the coming years will "easily dwarf" any Brexit hit.

Sterling briefly pushed above the $1.40 mark on Tuesday, extending a rally in which growing optimism about the United Kingdom economy and protracted dollar weakness have trumped worries about the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union.

Below are the key elements of the latest European Union thinking based on conversations with diplomats and on draft instructions, seen by Reuters, which the 27 governments will give to their Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

The failure of Dexeu to publish the blueprint could reinforce concerns in the City and in NY on Wall Street that banks must plan for worst-case scenarios by moving more of their pan-European operations to the continent.

"It has always been our expectation there would be a position paper". Fairbairn will press the case again in a speech today in which, according to Reuters, she will "call for greater urgency in Brexit talks to give clarity to companies that will otherwise need to trigger alternative plans, including moving jobs and investment offshore".

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Business leaders have criticised Britain's government for its failure to publish a long-delayed paper on the future of its financial services industry after Brexit. "We very much want to see it". An internal report said: "Government has all the right objectives on customs but - thus far - no proposals have been set forward that can deliver". But publication now of an ambitious plan for a trade deal covering the City risked being thrown back in the prime minister's face.

The bloc's freedom of movement rules was a major factor in Britain's referendum decision in favour of leaving. "Be my guest", he said. "I think it doesn't make sense".

Elsewhere, Tusk is said to be co-ordinating a strategy to "forgive and forget" if Britain changes its mind about leaving the European Union while also making any deal implemented by the government following negotiations appear underwhelming.

Negotiating such a deal will be problematic.

Speaking before the Referendum, the organisation warned it would reduce Britain to the role of "silent partner" with no power in the European Union - and unable to strike new trade deals with the rest of world given the restrictions imposed. "We acknowledge that there are legitimate concerns among our European Union colleagues about the oversight and supervision of financial markets here in the United Kingdom that are providing vital financial services to European Union firms and citizens", he said.

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