Brexit financial services deal 'imminent', says minister

05 November, 2018, 23:23 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Senator Neale Richmond who chairs the Seanad’s Brexit Committee clashed with Tory MP Owen Paterson

A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister and the Taoiseach agreed that the intention is that the backstop should only be temporary and that the best solution to the Northern Ireland border would be found by agreeing a future relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Reports of a secret Brexit deal come just as more than 70 business leaders signed a letter calling for a second referendum after warning that a bad deal could threaten the United Kingdom jobs industry.

"I don't accept that rejecting the deal would necessarily mean it is no deal at all", he said.

Ireland's prime minister has told Theresa May in a hastily arranged phone call that he cannot allow the United Kingdom to unilaterally decide when to terminate the Irish backstop, creating the possibility that Britain could be tied in a customs union with the EU for the long term.

Senior sources told the paper that Prime Minister Theresa May has secured concessions from Brussels, with the EU agreeing to write an "all-UK" customs union into the divorce deal.

"These ideas are not backstops at all and don't deliver the UK's obligations", the spokesman said.

There would be an "exit clause" from the customs union in a bid to convince Brexiteers that it is not a permanent arrangement as May looks to secure votes to get the deal through Parliament, added the paper.

Downing Street claimed the report about the deal is "all speculation".

Read the full story. "The small print is that Ireland is f*****".

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According to the Telegraph, May has included Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser, in her special Brexit Cabinet after ministers said they wouldn't sign off on a deal without his advice.

"We continue to make good progress in the negotiations but there is work still to do", the prime minister's official spokesman said.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he wouldn't add to what he described as "speculation".

Basically, it is an insurance policy to make sure the current frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic remains open no matter what happens in negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU.

He said there was a "rapidly ticking clock" but that minds were now being focused with a view to concluding a deal and he welcomed that.

Following a phone conversation with Mrs May on Monday morning, the Taoiseach said both leaders emphasised their commitment to avoiding a hard border in Ireland and the need for a legally operable backstop. "That is why we are increasingly positive on the expectation of reaching a deal".

The backstop has become the major obstacle to agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, due to take place in March next year.

"In March the United Kingdom agreed this backstop will apply "unless and until" a close future relationship eliminates any need for border infrastructure or related checks and controls".

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