Report sounds alarm about Brexit risks to United Kingdom clinical trials environment

13 October, 2018, 22:44 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said on Friday: "I think there could be developments over the weekend in terms of the Government's own position and the Cabinet, so we will remain focused on the priorities for Northern Ireland".

A no-deal Brexit could threaten electricity blackouts in Northern Ireland, disrupt Channel Tunnel rail services and cost the United Kingdom free trade agreements with more than 70 non-EU countries around the world, the Government has warned.

The UK will not accept a Brexit deal that involves being indefinitely locked into a customs union with the EU, Dominic Raab has said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was struggling on Friday to find consensus on Brexit proposals that would be acceptable to her ministers, her Conservative Party and the Northern Irish lawmakers who prop up her minority government.

"When we published our plans in June on a UK-wide customs backstop, we were absolutely clear that the arrangement would be temporary, and only in place until our future economic relationship is ready", the spokeswoman said.

However, Tory Brexiteers fear that she is about to concede to European Union demands that it must be open-ended, despite previous assurances from ministers it would have to be time-limited.

Companies operating electricity interconnectors, which include Britain's National Grid NG.L and French grid operator RTE, should "carry out contingency planning for a "no deal" scenario", a government paper said.


The Times newspaper reported May was warned the issue was so serious that she could face further cabinet resignations unless she found a way to ensure the backstop was not permanent.

Without a time limit, critics say Britain could be tied to the European Union indefinitely unable to negotiate free trade deals with other countries.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph the DUP leader says: "We do not want or need the regrets of another prime minister".

Labour demands that Britain retain "the exact same" perks it now has within the EU's customs union and single market - something May's so-called Chequers plan does not meet and which the EU rules out since London made a decision to leave both.

"Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction", Foster said.

As many as three Cabinet members could resign because of the backstop - Esther McVey and Penny Mordaunt as well as Leadsom - and speculation that disaffected Tories could force their party into another leadership battle, raising the prospect of another general election a no-deal Brexit, and even a second referendum.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said that while there was a "fluid negotiation" with regards to Brexit, the DUP felt "it was necessary to be very clear that for us the one red line in relation to the United Kingdom was one that we will stand by come what may".

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