Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Why Irish backstop will decide PM's fate

Why Irish backstop will decide PM's fate

The news comes after the Democratic Unionist Party threatened to vote against the Budget, and potentially bring down the Government, in opposition to a backstop plan that would treat Northern Ireland differently to the rest of Great Britain.

"When we published our plans in June on a UK-wide customs backstop, we were absolutely clear that the arrangement would be temporary, and only in place until our future economic relationship is ready", the spokeswoman said.

Theresa May is expected to offer to keep the United Kingdom part of the EU's customs territory after the end of 2020 if a post-Brexit free trade agreement does not prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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.

The experts behind the report, produced by UCL's Constitution Unit, acknowledged the prospect of a so-called People's Vote is contentious but said it would be perfectly achievable given the political will.

With less than six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, its most momentous shift in foreign and trade policy for over four decades, May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it is unclear if she can win parliamentary approval. Negotiators are looking for creative wording to square that circle.

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By doing that he has also sent out a wider message, namely he is watching all English players, including those who are overseas . With a lack of homegrown players in the Premier League, boss Gareth Southgate has a shallow pool of talent from which to select.

This divergence with Britain would require some form of checks on goods travelling across the Irish Sea.

The bloc's national leaders meet for a high-stakes summit on Wednesday, hoping to declare "decisive progress" in the divorce talks and announce another extra Brexit summit to finalise the deal, including an offer of close future ties with Britain.

So yesterday was either a very good day or a very bad day for Theresa May.

It said it was working hard to mitigate risks in these areas in case of a no-deal.

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.

Downing Street also announced a further 29 no-deal notices would be published on Friday afternoon, setting out what businesses and consumers should do in the event of there being no agreement by 29 March 2019.

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