Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Tories will lose next election unless May chucks Chequers, Davis tells MPs

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier shake hands during a joint news conference in Brussels Belgium Research shows unionists prefer Brexit over the territorial integrity of the UK
Elsie Buchanan | 12 October, 2018, 11:25

"The data suggest that, in the pursuit of Brexit, Leave supporters across the United Kingdom would be relaxed about a fundamental transformation of the [British] Union but this attitude is not confined exclusively to Leave voters", commented Professor Ailsa Henderson, who led the project alongside Professor Richard Wyn Jones.

Following three days of talks with key figures in Brussels, Mrs Foster, whose party props up the Government at Westminster, said the DUP could not accept the European Union proposals as they stood.

But London has yet to present in writing a new proposal for the biggest hurdle in talks now - how to avoid extensive, post-Brexit checks along the 500 km (320 miles) of border between EU member state Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland province that will become the only EU-UK land frontier.

Davis added that it was "in the party's interest and the national interest" to "reset" the UK's negotiating strategy "immediately".

"I hope for progress and there is progress, but the devil is in the details, as they say", said Merkel, who was in The Hague for talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was challenged by a number of her cabinet ministers, including Liam Fox, the global trade secretary and Michael Gove, the environment secretary, on Thursday who voiced concerns over her new backstop plan, fearing it would keep the UK in a customs union with the EU for an open-ended period of time. Therefore we could not support any arrangement which would give rise to either customs or regulatory barriers within the United Kingdom internal market.

Speaking alongside DUP MEP Diane Dodds, Mrs Foster said she had not yet seen a fresh text on the Irish backstop, a guarantee of no hard border on the island of Ireland, from the British government.

An announcement on what a possible deal could look like on the Irish border issue could be made as soon as Monday.

Next Summit With N. Korea's Kim to Be After Nov. US Elections
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LEAVE voters in Northern Ireland regard sacrificing the peace process as an acceptable price for Brexit, new research claims.

Her official spokesman said: "She made clear that we can't agreed to a withdrawal agreement without a precise future framework which delivers the future trade and security partnership which the Government wants".

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt suggested Mrs May might have to amend her Chequers plan to get a final deal, saying that "we don't know where this is going to end up".

The US-based organisation said a "no-deal" departure from the EU could lead to fragmentation in European money markets, meaning finance cannot flow around the system so efficiently.

Some Brexiteers say those proposals would ensure the EU kept control over swathes of the British economy and thus run counter to the spirit of her manifesto pledge to leave the EU Customs Union and the Single Market.

Following on from positive remarks from European Council president Donald Tusk that an agreement could be reached within weeks, Ireland's deputy prime minister Simon Coveney talked up the chances of an accord.

If lawmakers reject a deal, May could fall and Britain would face leaving the European Union without an agreement, a move investors and company chiefs say would weaken the West, panic financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

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