Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Brexit Breakthrough Hopes Rise After Cabinet Edges Towards Deal

Two similar letters have been penned to the Taoiseach in the last 12 months Two similar letters have been penned to the Taoiseach in the last 12 months
Sandy Nunez | 06 November, 2018, 21:54

However, the bloc has rejected United Kingdom attempts to place a time limit on any backstop arrangement, while Brexiteers have been pushing for the United Kingdom to have the unilateral right to exit a backstop arrangement and force a "no-deal" departure from the EU.

May spokesperson said it was likely that a further cabinet meeting would be held before a deal was agreed, hinting that this could happen later in the week.

Northern Irish MPs say it would mean a de-facto annexation of the province into the European Union after Brexit because, despite some minor tweaks to the wording of the backstop, it would still treat Northern Ireland separately to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt reportedly complained in the cabinet meeting that Brexit was "like a plane journey" and passengers "got anxious if they heard from the pilot mid-flight to say they weren't going to land when they were expected to".

Therefore in order to get the current iteration of the backstop through cabinet, the PM must persuade ministers that the EU has no intention to trap the United Kingdom in a customs union in perpetuity.

Markets appear to have taken the thumbs up from Brexit Secretary Raab as suggesting the cabinet may have reached a unified position that enables negotiators from both sides of the English Channel to claim they have reached a deal covering terms of the U.K.'s withdrawal from the bloc.

A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said: "The Taoiseach indicated an openness to consider proposals for a review, provided that it was clear that the outcome of any such review could not involve a unilateral decision to end the backstop".

But he rejected the idea Britain could unilaterally end the arrangement, something Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and other eurosceptics in her Conservative party want.

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The Downing Street spokesman said the cabinet "needs more time" to consider mechanisms to ensure Britain can not be bound to the EU.

He told the BBC: "I can't see it because I think it would be the worst of all worlds".

Some ministers said they wanted detailed legal advice so they understood the deal fully before they agreed on it.

'So, we think there's a deal to be had if they recognise that the deal is unacceptable to Parliament, I think that opens up a vista of the opportunity of the real negotiations'.

Earlier today in the House of Commons, MPs were told they will be presented with a "comprehensive analysis" of the economic impact of the Government's final Brexit deal prior to a vote on it.

With the United Kingdom due to formally quit the European Union on March 29 next year, and three months needed to ratify the plans, a squeezed timetable carried the risk of a "no-deal by accident" scenario, ministers were told.

His comments came after Labour MP Christian Matheson raised concern over the impact of Brexit on public services.