Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Irish premier: United Kingdom could ‘halt or delay’ Brexit

Irish premier: United Kingdom could ‘halt or delay’ Brexit

Irish bonds are sharing the pain of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May as her future and Brexit plan are thrown into doubt.

During May's address at Downing Street on Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister unsurprisingly confirmed that she will not be coming to Dublin and that she "will contest that (no confidence) vote with everything I have got".

Similarly, the Taoiseach said the deal that was set to be voted upon in Parliament was "the only agreement".

European Council President Donald Tusk also said he was calling a meeting of the council on Thursday to discuss the situation and also talk about preparations for a no-deal scenario.

The backstop would see the United Kingdom obey European Union customs rules after a transition period if a wider trade deal has not been agreed with the European Union by then.

Dismissing reports of Tory plotting, she added: "I have been here in Europe dealing with the issue that I promised Parliament that I would be dealing with, which is the backstop for Northern Ireland and talking to leaders about the concerns Parliament has raised". It's the only deal possible.

"The withdrawal agreement will not be reopened".

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The MP went on to criticise the negotiating tactics of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, telling the BBC "we simply can not allow the Irish to treat us like this".

In recent months, some provocative and ignorant comments about Ireland from the likes of Boris Johnson, David Davis, Priti Patel have been well documented and that was before it emerged that an unnamed Conservative MP recently remarked that "the Irish should know their place" in releation to the Brexit negotiations.

Theresa May has been dealt a heavy blow in her bid to secure new reassurances from fellow EU leaders over her Brexit deal, as the European Commission president declared there was "no room whatsoever for renegotiation".

Watt did not name the politician but did say it was an MP from the Conservative party.

"It is a mistake not to reach out across the House".

John Bercow, speaker of the lower house of parliament, called for lawmakers to be given a vote on the decision to defer the vote on the deal itself.

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