Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Brexit offer would put all of United Kingdom in a customs backstop

New Brexit offer would put all of United Kingdom in a customs backstop

In an attempt to highlight how much progress has been made in more than a year of talks with the European Union, she told parliament the government has reached agreement on everything from Gibraltar to future security over the last three weeks.

However, her own proposal to keep all of Britain in the customs union beyond the current proposed end date of December 2020 has angered Conservative euroskeptics, who fear that such a deal will make Britain a "vassal state" of the EU indefinitely.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday a divorce deal with the European Union is in sight, though she admitted the final but most hard part of the negotiations remains.

There has been speculation that the number of Tory MPs submitting letters calling for her removal is approaching the 48 needed to trigger a no confidence vote in her leadership.

But updating MPs, Mrs May insisted the process was moving in the right direction, with the future status of Gibraltar and the UK's RAF bases in Cyprus having been settled in recent days.

May spoke with Cabinet colleagues in lengthy telephone conference calls over the weekend, which Downing Street described as a chance to "give an update on the negotiations".

"Taking all of this together, 95% of the Withdrawal Agreement and its protocols are now settled", she said.

"The European Parliament and the EU 27 have been clear on this from the start: without a real backstop for us we don't see a possibility to have a withdrawal agreement", he told a meeting of the parliament's constitutional affairs committee. "And I certainly will not".

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Asked about a possible no-confidence vote, the transport secretary told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "This is really a moment for calm, level heads".

"But in any such scenario we would have to be out of this implementation period well before the end of this parliament".

According to a new report from The Financial Times on Tuesday, the United Kingdom government is considering chartering ships for a makeshift fleet that can be used to bring much-needed and perishable supplies like food and medicines into the country if Britain leaves the European Union without securing a deal.

"Now we are going to go back and talk to the government about it".

"Nobody should be subject to that kind of violent language, which I think is normalising violence in public debate at a time when we lost Jo Cox, we have had threats against Rosie Cooper, we have had other violent death threats against women MPs".

"It has nothing to do with our politics, it has nothing to do with this issue", he told reporters in Brussels, adding Mrs May had his "full support".

"The prospect of Britain facing shortages of perishable food and medicines provided a bleak backdrop to the cabinet discussions, as Mrs May urged her ministers to back her attempts to secure a breakthrough".

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the Commons Home Affairs committee, said the unnamed backbencher who made the comments should be publicly named to stop them from doing it again.

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