Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit Deal Possible In Next 24-48 Hours, Says PM May's Deputy

Brexit Deal Possible In Next 24-48 Hours, Says PM May's Deputy

Yesterday, Mrs May's Brexit strategy came under attack from all sides, putting in doubt her ability to steer any agreement through parliament and raising the risk of a disruptive "no-deal" exit from the European Union next March.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should "chuck it out".

A United Kingdom government spokesperson said: "We welcome the proposal by the European Commission, which reflects the future relationship that the United Kingdom wants with the rest of the EU".

News of the deal was greeted by a mixture of relief and condemnation by long-standing critics of the deal who suggested that the agreement gave away too many powers to Brussels.

Political leaders in Northern Ireland have given a mixed reaction to a deal being agreed in the Brexit negotiations.

As pressure ratchets up on Mrs May, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is said to be spearheading a group of ministers warning that crashing out of the European Union is better than caving into the bloc's demands.

Earlier this month, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Brexit has "undermined" the landmark Good Friday Agreement, which in 1998 ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland.

"No one should be surprised that we vote against it because we have warned the prime minister time and time again that we entered into an agreement with her to deliver Brexit", the DUP's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson told Sky News.

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Mr Francois said the PM's Brexit neogtiations had been "one tactical defeat after another".

"There is no such thing as a good or sensible Brexit".

He added: "Labour has been clear from the beginning that we need a deal to support jobs and the economy - and that guarantees standards and protections".

And Mr Russell was clear that while the Scottish Government still opposed the "chaos" of leaving the European Union, he added: "If Brexit is to happen, we have always said that co-operation between governments is clearly the right and best way both to ready our statute books and to agree common United Kingdom frameworks, where these are in Scotland's interests".

However, the DUP, whose 10 seats in Westminster now prop up Theresa May's Tory government, opposed any deal that would see Northern Ireland's economy operate any differently than the rest of the UK. This would leave parliaments in Westminster and Brussels with precious little time to scrutinise it, and May's government with no choice but to begin no-deal preparation.

In her annual address to the Lord Mayor's Banquet on Monday, the prime minister confirmed the negotiations were approaching the "endgame", but said there were still "significant" issues standing in the way of an agreement. But we need to prepare for all options'.

Most Labour MPs are set to vote against it, as well as Conservative MPs from the pro-Brexit and pro-EU wings of the party, and possibly the 10 MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party which props up May's government.

David Lidington, her effective deputy, also said a deal was "almost within touching distance".

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