Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK PM candidates set high bar for Brexit talks: no Irish backstop

UK PM candidates set high bar for Brexit talks: no Irish backstop

Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index, said: "The main source of the pound's pain this morning is from Brexit and the returning fear of a no deal".

Asked during a leadership debate whether the backstop would be acceptable if a time limit could be agreed, both Johnson and Hunt said it would not.

Mr Donohoe said Theresa May's successor in Downing Street would have to confront the reality that leaving the EU's customs union and committing to there being no infrastructure along the Irish Border means that a guarantee of regulatory alignment - a backstop - is needed.

Two former ministers, Phillip Lee and Guto Bebb, appealed to colleagues to "grow a pair" and join a rebellion on Thursday when the Commons is due to vote on House of Lords amendments created to prevent the next prime minister from suspending Parliament in an attempt to crash out by default. He praised both men's commitment to protecting the environment and said each had been "a pleasure" to work with in Cabinet.

What changed on Tuesday night was Mr Johnson's refusal to even consider amendments to the backstop that several months ago would have been enough for a majority of Brexiteer MPs to get behind. "When I first met him in the Eighties he described himself to me as a passionately green Tory, and in every role he has had he has championed the environment".

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"It is more likely than it has been and it is a material and real risk that we now have to plan for", he said.

With less than a week to go before the results of the Conservative leadership election are announced - and with Boris Johnson the clear favourite to win it - thoughts are turning to what happens next. The stalled deal negotiated by May and the European Union proposes that the transition period last until the end of 2020, with an option to extend it by one or two years.

"I've always been willing as a politician to listen to people willing to come up with credible compromises but what I've found so staggering about the Conservative leadership (contest) is it has been played to a tune of growing extremism". "It had to go in its totality", Mr Grieve said.

There are also other issues in the way of reaching a deal, he said. All of these things are very well-established parliamentary procedures.

When it was put to Johnson that it was completely unrealistic to get the deal renegotiated and passed by October 31, he said: "I don't think it is remotely unrealistic".

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