Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit deal change 'wishful thinking', says Ireland

Brexit deal change 'wishful thinking', says Ireland

Britain will take a few days to formulate some proposals to put to the European Union in an attempt to resolve the issue of Irish border arrangements after Brexit, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told BBC radio on Thursday.

May was buoyed by a majority vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday night, backing her Brexit deal if the so-called Irish border stopgap measure is removed.

Varadkar said earlier this week he had already alerted the European Commission that he will seek emergency aid for companies if Britain leaves without a deal next month, alongside other potential EU aid and domestic sources of emergency funding.

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, had previously suggested Britain could probably secure "a couple of extra weeks" if needed.

However, a statement from Downing Street challenged any extension to the Article 50 process, saying the Brexit date will be March 29. "I think it is true that if we ended up approving a deal in the days before March 29th then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation", he said.

This was announced officially in London some time ago and we hope to hear further news about it soon. "We can't know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen".

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However, the European Union officials have so far made clear that the deal, which was already rejected by British lawmakers, is not open for renegotiation.

The British parliament is expected to hold another "meaningful vote" on February 14 on May's supposedly altered deal after her negotiations with the EU.

The backstop acts as a kind of insurance policy to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state), if talks on the future UK-EU relationship collapse.

May now has two weeks to convince the European Union to replace the backstop with her "alternative arrangements", which she so far has failed to reveal despite repeated calls to do so.

Jeremy Corbyn, who boycotted cross-party talks after that vote, said he was now ready to meet the prime minister to discuss a "sensible Brexit solution that works for the whole country".

In a statement before the House of Commons on January 21st, less than one week after the humiliating parliamentary defeat of the so-called Withdrawal Treaty, the beleaguered leader said the United Kingdom must respect the Belfast Agreement at all costs. However, the deal was rejected by lawmakers with a majority of 230 votes in a January 15 vote. The EU would have to significantly change their stance on reopening the Withdrawal Agreement if legally binding changes are to be made on the backstop.

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