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Government shells out more than half a million pounds on failed customs scheme
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, confirmed the Government had spent £680,000 on a contract with consultancy firm McKinsey & Company to model future customs arrangements.
The EU rejected both proposals worked up by the consultants.
Peers reject animal sentience amendment to Brexit bill
The House of Lords has voted down an amendment to force Ministers to ‘give due regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings’.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove has already brought forward a draft Animal Welfare Bill to recognise animal sentience, but rural groups have expressed concern it could be hijacked by animal rights activists.
Autumn Brexit deal must cover trade, says Brexit Secretary
Brexit Secretary David Davis has told the ExEU select committee MPs may reject any deal reached in October if it does not contain details of future UK-EU trading arrangements.
“It has to be substantive from a British parliament point of view”, he said.
The EU has previously claimed there will only be time to agree a ‘framework’ for a future trade deal in the next six months.