Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Eurostar services could stop under 'no-deal' Brexit, government paper warns

Sammy Wilson MP in the House of Commons Sammy Wilson We are alarmed the UK is even prepared to discuss EU border demands
Steven Clarke | 13 October, 2018, 09:50

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Wednesday said Britain must accept possible checks on goods moving between its mainland and its province of Northern Ireland, saying Brexit would trigger the need for customs, value-added tax and compliance checks with EU standards.

On Thursday morning, Mrs May's official spokesman told journalists that "big issues" still remained to be resolved between the United Kingdom and Brussels, which included the backstop and issues such as geographic indicators for goods.

It is meant to be a temporary arrangement to prevent a hard border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"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 - that would not be leaving the EU", he said on Friday.

It was reported, however, that a number of ministers, including Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, raised concerns during a meeting lasting around an hour and a half.

'I think that next week we can be very cautiously optimistic that we will make progress, ' Rutte said at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

World Golf Hall of Fame inductees include Retief Goosen, Billy Payne
Australia's Stephenson, the 1974 LPGA Rookie of the Year, captured 20 titles worldwide, 16 of them in LPGA events. She won a major title in 1949 but she was far more well known more for her strong advocacy of women's golf.

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.

For the government to fall there would have to be a subsequent vote of no confidence.

In this scenario, if peers demanded the public have a final say on whether to leave with the deal, leave without a deal or stop Brexit and remain in the European Union, a referendum would not take place until September at the earliest.

The DUP has been adamant that any Brexit deal cannot differentiate Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

Mr Coveney also suggested the entire debate over Prime Minister Theresa May's Chequers proposals for the future EU-UK economic relationship, which are hugely unpopular with Brexiteers, was misplaced.

"We're voting on the two documents - a withdrawal agreement that needs to be able to stand up to legal scrutiny and court challenge; the second document is a political declaration on parameters. Without an end date, we could be in the customs union forever".

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