Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Brexit deal next week 'within reach': Barnier

Losing the party's support in the Commons would mean possible defeat on the budget and a no-confidence vote for Theresa May Losing the party's support in the Commons would mean possible defeat on the budget and a no-confidence vote for Theresa May
Jean Garcia | 12 October, 2018, 02:04

Following three days of talks with key figures in Brussels, DUP leader Arlene Foster said Mrs May could not in "good conscience" accept the proposals now on the table from the European Union. Full cabinet members concerned about the idea of an indefinite backstop include Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, and Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, who refused to specifically endorse May's Chequers blueprint for Brexit earlier on Thursday - although she insisted that she was "completely supportive of the prime minister".

The Northern Irish party that British Prime Minister Theresa May's government relies on for support says it will consider backing a vote of no-confidence if May agrees to European Union checks on goods entering the region post-Brexit. She added: "The Prime Minister is a Unionist". "Such a lovely morning" is all she would say to me.

Those present included Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, Sajid Javid, the home secretary, and Michael Gove, the environment secretary.

"The DUP's red lines are actually Theresa May's red lines", he told BBC News.

"She has made it very, very clear that she will not allow there to be border down the Irish Sea, that the integrity of the United Kingdom must remain intact".

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He appealed his arrest in Belgium, but his appeals ultimately failed and he was extradited to the US on Tuesday, authorities said. According to the Department of Justice he was captured in Belgium on April 1 as part of a counterintelligence operation.

Barnier told small business leaders that the talks were "continuing intensively this week, day and night, with the aim. of having a deal within reach, if we follow through to the end of this negotiations, on October 17".

Foster alluded to that threat, saying these were "significant days for Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as we know it" and concluded by saying the DUP and its 10 MPs "will take decisions based on what is best for everyone in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom". Why would a Unionist politician want to bring down a Conservative and Unionist government, lose the influence it has on that administration and risk the extra funding for Northern Ireland that the DUP received in exchange for agreeing to support the Tory minority government?

Negotiations between the two sides have focused on the proposals for a so-called "backstop" to ensure that there is no return to a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Britain has left the bloc.

Instead she proposed Britain as a whole stay temporarily aligned with the EU's customs union until a wider trade deal is agreed.

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