Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

UK Chancellor: Brexit talks have become positive

Michel Barnier Michel Barnier. Getty
Jeannette Daniel | 13 October, 2018, 05:59

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the other big issue for the prime minister, who relies on the Northern Irish party's votes to give her a notional majority in parliament.

Mrs May chaired a meeting of the inner Cabinet on Brexit progress Mrs May set out in June proposals for a "temporary customs arrangement" to ensure that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic remains open in the case that no broader EU/UK trade agreement has been finalised.

Amid fears over the direction of the talks, it has also emerged that the M26 in Kent is being closed overnight as part of contingency plans to to see if it can be used as a vehicle park for lorries in the event of no Brexit deal being reached between the United Kingdom and the other 27 European Union nations by March 2019.

Downing Street has always been clear that it does not wish or expect the backstop option to be implemented, as it insists it will be possible to agree a wider trade deal guaranteeing an open border in Ireland by the end of the transition period in December 2020.

The Irish backstop measure, created to ensure no new border emerges between Ireland and Northern Ireland, is supposed to be temporary until a UK-EU trade deal can be agreed, and Theresa May pledged earlier this year that the arrangement would expire "at the very latest by the end of December 2021".

Theresa May is under pressure to reverse course after Cabinet ministers threatened to walk out over her reported plans for a potential Brexit "backstop" which could effectively keep Britain permanently inside a Customs Union with the EU after Brexit.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said he is confident Britain would be able to negotiate such agreements with the likes of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

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Speaking to Sky News in Galway, Mr Coveney said: "If the issues aren't resolved in three years you can't do away with the insurance mechanism".

With less than six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, its most momentous shift in foreign and trade policy for over four decades, May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it is unclear if she can win parliamentary approval.

"The prime minister is doing an exceptional job and everybody is behind her", he told reporters. A negotiated Brexit, and Theresa May's survival, hinge on whether her ministers and MPs can live with this paradox.

The DUP are also threatening to withdraw their support from May's government with one source telling Politico "right now, Labour's position is better for us than May's".

"Many of her cabinet colleagues have assured me of their unionism", she said.

Fellow Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach said she would not be "bullied" by Mr Banks.

'We at Leave Means Leave are going to build national branches all over the country to fight for democracy from grassroots level and to deliver the Brexit that people voted for'.

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