Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

May's post-Brexit trade deal suggestion dismissed by Taoiseach

May's post-Brexit trade deal suggestion dismissed by Taoiseach

It was also reported that Mrs May told European Union senior figures she might as well put her Brexit deal before MPs next week if no further reassurances on the controversial Irish border backstop measures would be coming from Brussels.

"The deal that we have is the only deal on the table. while it is far from flawless, I believe it is good for Britain and good for the European Union and I sincerely hope that it can still be ratified", he said.

When asked if these assurances could be legally binding, Mr. Varadkar responded: "I don't think we could agree to anything that would change the content of the treaty, change the content of the withdrawal agreement".

"I don't expect an immediate breakthrough, but what I do hope is that we can start work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary".

Her bid for legal concessions regarding its temporary nature was an effort to gain enough parliamentary support to get her deal approved.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney reiterated on December 13 that the existing agreement between the British government and the European Union has been thoroughly reviewed and will continue to be the basis for any agreement between Brussels and the UK.

"But I recognise the strength of concern in the House of Commons and that's what I will be pushing to colleagues today".

Mrs May, who on Wednesday survived a bruising vote of no confidence by Tory MPs, said a package of assurances around the backstop could "change the dynamic" at Westminster.

"We need this backstop only as an insurance policy, if we can not manage in a timely way to conclude the transition period, conclude a final agreement on our future relationship", she said.

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European Union leaders acknowledged the need to "bring down the temperature" after appearing to rebuff her calls for assurances on the Northern Ireland backstop.

EU tensions erupted into public view when a visibly angry Mrs May was seen berating European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker over remarks he had made during the press conference in the early hours of Friday.

And Mr Tusk said he had "no mandate" to organise any further negotiations.

"An open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland can't be a back door to the single market".

Mrs May is seeking reassurances about the backstop, an insurance policy if nothing better is on offer which neither side are seeking.

"That's why European countries also very strongly support backstop".

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To open rejection in Merkel Mays pushed a proposal, instead of an end date for the Backstop with a concrete deadline for the conclusion of a proposed free-trade agreement that could solve the Northern Ireland question.

Even so, the PM will late this afternoon formally request their cooperation in helping persuade Northern Ireland's DUP and her Brexiter MPs that the backstop could not be forever. "You know we are preparing for such an eventuality, but in terms of what is in my power and what we can take responsibility for, we will do everything to ensure that this does not happen", she replied, before coughing.

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