Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Brexit: Liam Fox challenges PM over right to exit Irish border deal

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox Image MPs want to see the assessment of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox
Jeannette Daniel | 10 November, 2018, 18:23

The Irish government opened the door on Monday to a possible concession on the final sticking point - how to avoid border checks between British Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in Helsinki, said that British Prime Minister Theresa May "is, as we are, chose to have the deal, and we will have a deal".

I would urge caution that an imminent breakthrough is not necessarily to be taken for granted, not by a long shot.

Brexiters are adamant that there must be a mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to leave, and many back one that would allow the United Kingdom to withdraw unilaterally - without Brussels' consent - which has been rejected by figures such as the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar.

Yesterday the Prime Minister's inner circle were invited to review parts of the draft text which have already been agreed with Brussels and reports suggest European Union leaders will meet at the end of November for an emergency Brexit summit.

Brexit talks had been deadlocked over the so-called backstop - the fallback position that would be activated if a future EU-UK trade deal does not produce a solution that would prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The worldwide trade secretary said on Thursday the government had "an instruction from our voters to leave the EU".

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Sky News understands Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a leading Brexiteer like Dr Fox, is also among those cabinet ministers wanting to view Mr Cox's advice in full before giving their consent to a deal.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the Prime Minister appeared "wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea" despite Downing Street's assurances to the contrary.

"It is of the utmost importance that Parliament and the public can compare any arrangement the Prime Minister agrees, against the benefits of European Union membership and make clear the impact that the deal proposed would have on every single area of the economy, public services, finances, security and opportunity".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that, while the Attorney General's legal advice to government is considered confidential, he could answer MP's questions about it.

Senior ministers have been invited into a private reading room in a building adjoining May's offices to examine the 95 percent of the withdrawal package that's been agreed so far, according to people familiar with the matter.

Later, addressing leaders of the European People's Party group, Barnier warned of the threat that rising nationalism and populism pose to the EU ahead of European Parliament elections in May.

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