Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit

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Steven Clarke | 10 October, 2018, 18:11

"If she is not prepared to do that then you do have - and Ken Clarke talked about acting in the national interest - then in the national interest she has to say to them "you are not getting a withdrawal agreement because I cannot accept the break up of the United Kingdom".

"If Theresa May doesn't take our concerns on board, she may not be the leader to take us through Brexit".

However, May has not yet shown the new proposal to Foster, whose party the prime minister depends upon for her Commons majority.

According to one of the academics who conducted "The Future of England Study", unionists' preference for Brexit over the territorial integrity of the United Kingdom "raises questions about the type of union we're in, and indeed what unionism means".

Speaking after meeting with the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, she illustrated what the DUP were opposing by saying an attempt to avoid a hard border with the Irish Republic could mean more regulatory checks on goods travelling between GB and NI.

Should she press ahead with the plans, it is likely the 10 DUP MPs will vote against the deal, as they do not want Northern Ireland to be treated differently from Great Britain.

In parliament, her deputy Nigel Dodds rammed the point home, warning Raab not to "repeat that mistake" from December - when the DUP nearly pulled the rug out from an interim accord negotiated by May by scuppering a proposal that would have seen regulatory alignment between the European Union and the province.

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"That's why the backstop proposed by Barnier is unacceptable to us".

She said there was evidence that Brexit was "dislodging long-held red lines about the union". Asked whether that implied her supporters are ready to "fight and die" for them, she replied: "What I meant by that is that they are deep red - they're not pink".

The Times said a group of between 30 to 40 Labour lawmakers could defy their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and vote for a deal that May hopes to bring back by the end of the year.

Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe, said he believed "at least 40" of his colleagues would vote against a deal along the lines the prime minister has proposed which would include this "backstop" for Northern Ireland.

The prime minister's spokesperson said government officials are in "intensive" talks with European Union negotiators in order to resolve the Irish border issue, which is the last major outstanding issue in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

The Prime Minister's spokesman told a Westminster media briefing: "We have always said that we are working hard for a deal this autumn and that continues at pace".

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