Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Arlene Foster warns Theresa May over 'dodgy' Brexit deal

Workers at a factory in Ballygawley Northern Ireland Workers at a factory in Ballygawley Northern Ireland
Steven Clarke | 13 October, 2018, 20:51

However, the European Union says that would undermine the whole principle of the backstop as there would be no guarantee that there would not be a return to a hard border once the arrangement expires.

"What has happened over the last week, 10 days, is that there has been a measurable change in pace", he told the BBC.

She reportedly pitched her solution to the Northern Ireland "backstop", a major sticking point in the negotiations that has bitterly divided her party and caused friction with the EU.

"What we can not do is see the United Kingdom locked in via the backdoor to a customs union arrangement which would leave us in an indefinite limbo".

"There are still big issues remaining and we will continue to talk today and over the weekend if necessary", the Downing Street spokeswoman said.

Speaking in the House of Commons earlier this week, the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, said any backstop must be "temporary, limited and finite".

Chancellor Philip Hammond became the first senior Government figure to suggest that the backstop - created to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic open in the case that no broader EU/UK trade deal is finalised - will "probably" have to come into effect for a period.

Del Potro, Zverev overcome colds to win at Shanghai Masters
Lendl flew back to the United States to have wrist surgery, which Zverev said was caused by playing too much golf. The fourth-seeded Zverev was also struggling with a cold, but he beat Nicoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-4.

Eurosceptics want a time limit for how long Britain will keep following the EU's customs rules before it can strike out on its own and sign independent trade agreements with new partners.

The backstop is the insurance policy for making sure the frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is maintained after Brexit.

The EU says a backstop must be "all-weather" and not have a specific cut-off date.

Mrs Foster said Mrs Thatcher "later deeply regretted the choice she had made". "We therefore need substantial progress, which we should be able to see next week", Juncker added, referring to a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels where Britain's exit from the European Union is set to top the agenda.

The Times newspaper reported that May could face further resignations by eurosceptic ministers in her cabinet unless she found a way to ensure the backstop was not permanent.

"Even in the worst-case scenario of a no deal situation".

While the UK's Parliament and general public debate how to implement the country's withdrawal from the European Union and how to define its relationship with the bloc, a new report highlights one area in which the nation is already seeing a decline: its attractiveness as a destination for clinical trials. While it stated that the likelihood of a deal with regulatory continuity - a so-called "soft" Brexit - was on the rise, a no-deal "hard" Brexit continues to pose significant risks.

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