Monday, 10 December, 2018

‘No preferential deal for European Union citizens’

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Sept. 12 2018. Toby Melville  Reuters Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on Sept. 12 2018. Toby Melville Reuters
Ginger Lawrence | 18 September, 2018, 21:12

All eyes are now on Austria's Salzburg city, where May is hoping to win European Union leaders around to her proposal at a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

However, pro-Brexit Conservative MP Andrew Bridgin poured scorn on the IMF's analysis saying that the IMF had been wrong before, and were so again: "Christine Lagarde, the same IMF, who told us that if we even voted we would be in an immediate recession, it's the same IMF that didn't foresee the economic crash in 2008".

"However, this will become null and void if based only on the European Union goal of ensuring Northern Ireland remains in a common regulatory and customs areas inside the European Union", she added.

May also insisted no other plan on the table would ensure "frictionless" trade in Ireland.

"I see that in Brussels they're now discussing actively some of the technical ways of dealing with this that I think will allow for a breakthrough, allow us to do a proper free trade deal, allow us properly to take back control of our regulatory framework, but also to do a proper Brexit", Johnson told reporters outside his home.

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who quit in July in protest at the Chequers plan, launched a fresh attack on it in his weekly newspaper column on Monday. They don't want a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Fox said Chequers was a "reasonable, constructive way forward" and sensed there was "movement" in the right direction from Brussels towards striking a deal.

Ahead of the meeting, Mrs May welcomed Malta's Prime Minister to Downing Street, talking Joseph Muscat through her Brexit blueprint in a bid to win support for it.

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Gove said the responsibility was now with Brussels "because we've shown flexibility".

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Thom Brooks, professor and dean at Durham University in the United Kingdom, said he "can't believe" Britain is faced with such alarming International Monetary Fund reports with only six months until Brexit.

May will travel to a crucial summit in Salzburg this week to sell her plan to the EU27 leaders.

"This means that our relatives struggle to get visas to come to the United Kingdom for family celebrations, restaurants can not employ skilled chefs from overseas, our temples can not bring in priests, and we can not bring people in for business, cultural or sporting events - as well as the thousands of talented professionals like doctors, teachers and engineers", said Gujarati-origin Priti Patel, former United Kingdom cabinet minister and a prominent pro-Brexit campaigner.

When asked about the handling of Brexit negotiations, nearly 79% of people polled thought that the government had handled them badly, and 63% thought the European Union had handled them badly.

In an interview with the BBC, the prime minister said that the vote in favour of Brexit in the June 2016 referendum was a vote to end this dual system of migration.

BBC Panorama, Inside No 10: Deal or No Deal? is on Monday 17 September at 20:30 BST on BBC One as part of a week of in-depth coverage across the BBC to mark Brexit: Six Months to Go.