Update on EU deal expected this week

Davis to unveil Brexit progress as SNP calls for action

May and SturgeonPrime Minister Theresa May said her government will this week spell out what progress has been made on Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

She said that David Davis, the Brexit minister, will make a statement in the Commons about the work the government has been doing over the summer.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme today that it would show “how we are going to take that forward in shaping the sort of relationship we want with the EU.”

Mrs May has indicated that she will not trigger Article 50, the formal process of leaving the bloc, this year but she has also made it clear that there will be no unnecessary delay.

“I am very clear also that the British people also don’t want the issue of Article 50 just being kicked into the long grass,” she said, speaking ahead of the G20 summit in China.

It is understood Westminster will also unveil a £3 billion house building fund to provide developers with cheap loans to boost the sector.

Mrs May’s comments follow renewed calls from the SNP for clear answers on what a Brexit Britain will look like.

Nicola Sturgeon will unveil her programme for government on Tuesday when Holyrood reconvenes and will make a statement the following day on the European situation.

Ms Sturgeon has offered to form a “coalition” with like-minded UK government ministers who want Britain to stay in the European single market.

Her economic plans will aim to revive Scotland’s stagnating economy in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and the North Sea oil price slump.

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon on the steps at Bute House (pic: by Terry Murden)

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