Time ‘extremely short’ to settle Brexit deal, says EU’s negotiator Barnier

12 February, 2019, 16:41 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a speech at a Labour local government conference at The Slate Warwick conferences Coventry. PRESS ASSOCIATION

The PM will say "we now all need to hold our nerve" to get the changes needed to get her Brexit deal through Parliament by the 29 March deadline.

"This is a negotiation and it would be an extraordinary outcome if the thing that the backstop is seeking to avoid - which is a hard border in Northern Ireland - if the European Union were so determined to be so intransigent about it that they actually incur the very thing that they're seeking to avoid", Leadsom said.

The deal garnered significant controversy because of a provision known as the Northern Irish backstop, with Brexiteers insisting a no-deal, full Brexit from the European Union would be preferable to a Theresa May deal with that provision.

The pair agreed to further meetings in the coming days, while their teams will continue to work to find a way forward.

Look away now if you are of a nervous disposition.

May's negotiators arrived in Brussels only days after May, herself, came to the city on February 7 when she met European Union officials after the British House of Commons voted to reject the Withdrawal Agreement.

Housing secretary James Brokenshire it would be allowing her more time to come up with a compromise.

Theresa May has responded to Jeremy Corbyn's letter setting out his five demands for a Brexit deal.

Overnight, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took a swipe at the UK as a "disunited kingdom" where pro-Brexit politicians lack ideas and courage.

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But Mrs May rejected some of the conditions outlined by Mr Corbyn, saying she was unclear about why he favoured remaining in an EU customs union.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Labour's proposals were "not workable" while Boris Johnson accused Mr Corbyn of trying to trap the Government in a "toxic" Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May plans a "meaningful vote" if no deal on Brexit is reached by the end of this month but the Labor Party is accusing her of "running down the clock".

Labour will table its own amendment this week seeking to put what the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, calls a "hard stop", on the government's negotiating time by enforcing a deadline by which May must bring a deal back to the Commons.

This is despite Mr Corbyn repeatedly saying there should be a general election if Mrs May can not get a deal through Parliament. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit.

Oliver Holtemoeller, a co-author of the study, said that the divorce without a deal would see tariffs imposed at the border which would tangle global supply chains.

The authors then argued that it would make far more sense to pursue a clean Brexit, accepting that "Britain will be outside the single market and the customs union - a position that benefits an open, services-oriented economy".

She told Sky News: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

But she said it also recognises the development of the UK's independent trade policy.


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