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Britain to publish Irish border Brexit backstop plan on Thursday

09 June, 2018, 20:47 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Mr Barnier said Theresa May's proposals for a backstop customs arrangement in Northern Ireland raise a series of "difficult" questions.

They would be able to vote on the terms, including the backstop plan - but global trade secretary Liam Fox, a Brexiteer, dismissed the idea.

"We have made clear that, of the government's two proposed policies, the customs partnership represents nearly business as usual at the border for UK-EU trade, but whatever arrangement we choose it is vital there is time for ports to adapt to avoid disruption", Ballantyne said.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has complained that the Irish border issue is dictating "the whole of our agenda" in the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU.

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He added: "The UK recognises that the proposals in its paper can't qualify as a backstop, since the issue of full regulatory alignment is not addressed". However, it wants a mechanism to be agreed to ensure that the UK's national interest is represented in negotiations up until its formal departure; this may be somewhere where the European Union could make a concession, but in no sense would it be obliged to.

The EU on Friday slammed a British "blame game" in Brexit negotiations and reacted cooly to Britain's latest offer to solve the Irish border problem.

Asked about the potential impact of the government failing to secure a Brexit deal, he said: "If we move to WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules that would definitely require customs declarations and so it would be similar types of costs".

"How does that fit with the need to secure the absence of a hard border in all circumstances?"

'Difficult to see how United Kingdom proposal on backstop will deliver a workable solution to avoid a hard border and respect integrity of the single market/customs union, ' tweeted EU parliament chief Guy Verhofstadt.

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The former choice will go down poorly with Brexit-supporting lawmakers in the Conservative Party, potentially threatening Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership, while the latter could lead confidence and supply partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, to withdraw its support for the government.

The UK will leave the European Union on March 29th, 2019.

"Victory for liberty! As I have been demanding for years, there must now be the same referendum in France and in all countries in the European Union", said Marine Le Pen, leader of France's right-wing Front National.

Varadkar received a "cast iron guarantee" in December that there wouldn't be a border separating Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"We look forward to the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill next week and hope that, whether various amendments are passed or defeated, we will have a clearer picture of what happens next".

"The point is, do we reach quick decisions or do we reach the right decisions?" We decided it had to be done on the basis of collective responsibility - in other words, everyone signs up to it.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: "Our amendment removes Parliament's ability to direct the government in relation to negotiations, which would set a huge constitutional precedent in terms of which branch of the state holds the prerogative to act in the worldwide sphere".

The prime minister's spokesman said: "There isn't going to be a second referendum". "The backstop paper has been clarified and amended and now expresses, in much more detail, the time limited nature of our proposal - something the PM and DD have always been committed to".

But pro-Brexit Tory MP Peter Bone said: 'This is completely unacceptable for people who voted for Brexit. He wanted it to be time-limited.


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