Leo Varadkar releases statement on Brexit deal agreed between European Union and UK

12 March, 2019, 12:23 | Author: Carlos George
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will hold a press conference at Government Buildings this morning

The fact that EU officials receive a tax-free income was also a source of criticism for Kramp-Karrenbauer who advocated that they should be taxed and that the EU Parliament should only meet in Brussels. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already been talking to backbench members of the Conservative Party who want to maintain close ties to the bloc.

May had given a solemn undertaking to MPs that there would be a "meaningful vote" on her deal by March 12; if she lost there would be two votes by Thursday on whether to halt a no-deal exit and on seeking an extension to the Article 50 exit process.

On 12 December, enough Conservative MPs are unhappy with May's party leadership to trigger a confidence vote, but she wins by 200 to 117.

"Where the external border can not be protected by national means alone, Frontex must be quickly set up and used as operational border police", she added.

The EU is frustrated at what it sees as the inability of Britain's weak and divided government to lay out a clear vision for Brexit.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday the EU was "open and willing" to hold talks with the United Kingdom but "no further meetings at (a) political level are scheduled".

London is trying to give the European Union a binding commitment on the status of the border between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, after the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected last January a safeguard included in the initial agreement to prevent the establishment of a hard border in that area.

In particular, he noted that they do not "call into question" the existing backstop in the agreement, which aims to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday that "no further meetings at political level are scheduled", but that the EU is "open and willing" to hold talks with the U.K.at any time.

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If May's deal is rejected, the government has promised to give lawmakers the chance to show they want to pursue leaving the European Union without a formal deal.

"It does not reopen the withdrawal agreement or undermine the backstop or its application".

The British leader has spoken by phone to eight European Union national leaders since Friday, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, without any sign of a breakthrough.

"I think that an important offer has again been made to Britain, and now it is, of course, for Britain to respond to these offers", she said in Berlin.

Britain's exit, set for March 29, could only be delayed to the beginning of July but a delay would have to be justified, for example because of elections or for another referendum, Tajani said. "We may never leave at all".

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, a Northern Irish group that props up May's minority government, and Steve Baker, a leading figure in the eurosceptic faction of her Conservative Party, said she was heading for defeat.

Alan Wager, a Brexit expert at the U.K.in a Changing Europe think-tank, said Parliament this week could decisively rule out both May's deal and a no-deal departure.

May last month upturned her strategy that "no deal is better than a bad deal" by offering Parliament a chance to take the dreaded "no-deal" Brexit off the table.

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