Britain, EU close to orderly Brexit deal, May says

19 September, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Theresa May said the alternative to rebel counter-proposals is no deal

In a recent interview with Sky News, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said it was not a question of increasing immigration for non-EU citizens but to ensure that a "level playing field" was created to ensure that non-EU citizens would have a "better chance of getting access" to the United Kingdom within the government's immigration targets.

She pointed out that countries tended to trade mostly with their neighbors: "I think geography talks very loudly".

Mr Hunt avoided a repeat of his earlier gaffe on a visit to China this year when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by telling them his wife was Chinese, only to refer to her as Japanese by mistake.

Expanding on comments he has been making for some weeks, Barnier told reporters after briefing European Union ministers on Tuesday, that he was reworking his proposals to make clear how, in the event the "insurance policy" were ever activated, it would not create a physical customs border on the Irish Sea but operate by checks on goods along the Britain-Northern Ireland route.

Theresa May appeared to receive a significant Brexit boost on the eve of a crucial European Union summit when Michel Barnier pledged to break the deadlock over the Irish border.

The issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has emerged as the main obstacle to an agreement ahead of the UK's withdrawal in March 2019.

The European Commission has said it has no objection in principle to a UK-wide "backstop" to prevent a hard border in Ireland, but the two sides have yet to agree the terms.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said he is ready to come forward with an "improved" proposal on the Irish border in an attempt break the deadlock in the Brexit talks.

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not expect any change in the EU's Brexit position following high-level meetings later this week.

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The fate of May's government and her Brexit plan is in doubt because it is unclear whether she can command the 320 votes she needs in the House of Commons, the lower house of the British parliament, to approve a deal.

Mrs May will say the United Kingdom is proposing "a fair arrangement" that works for the United Kingdom and European economies without undermining the EU's Single Market.

He said the Irish "backstop" must be "legally operational" and respect the UK's constitutional integrity, a pledge will reassure the prime minister and her cabinet allies.

On Monday, Mrs May had framed the decision facing the country as a choice between her Chequers deal or no deal. "The government's abject failure - and the huge risk we face of a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit - means that giving people a fresh say is now the right - and only - approach left for our country", he said.

Who supports it? This is the official policy of the Liberal Democrats and Jeremy Corbyn is coming under increasing pressure to give Labour's blessing to a vote. What we are talking about here is not a border - not a land border, not a sea border.

EU Council President Donald Tusk wrote that "unfortunately, a no deal scenario is still quite possible".

Although she is signed up to the principle of a backstop if no better arrangement can be agreed, Mrs May has robustly rejected the version put forward by Brussels, which would see Northern Ireland remain within the European Union customs area and effectively draw a customs border down the Irish Sea.

"With goodwill and determination on both sides we can avoid a disorderly exit and find new ways of working together".



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