Theresa May says will not agree Brexit deal 'at any cost'

07 November, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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Mr Gauke told a Channel 4 Brexit debate show: 'If we leave on no-deal terms there's no good shying away, it will be very bad for us economically.

With just five months until Britain is due to leave the EU, May has yet to nail down a divorce deal, with the insurance arrangement to keep open the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland still the outstanding issue.

Mrs May has been boosted by Mr Varadkar's willingness to negotiate a review mechanism, thought to be part of proposals for the United Kingdom to enter an effective customs union with the EU under a backstop arrangement to prevent a hard Irish border. But that goal has been complicated by May's intention to take Britain out of the EU customs union and single market.

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing a peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence. In addition, the United Kingdom won't have to pay a penny more to the European Union, which means big increase for Dublin.

Later, he even adapted May's "Brexit means Brexit" catchphrase to stress that a "backstop" deal for Northern Ireland was crucial.

Prime Minister Theresa May has previously stated she will not consider any proposals that would see Northern Ireland "carved out" of the United Kingdom.

It is unclear whether an agreement can be reached in time to hold an emergency summit of leaders in November to sign off the agreement.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has dealt a blow to British hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit talks, warning he will not accept a deal that gives the United Kingdom unilateral power to halt "backstop" arrangements for the border with Northern Ireland.

"Deal or no deal, it's becoming clearer by the day that the United Kingdom is headed for a miserable Brexit".

Voters would now back remaining by 54 per cent to 46 per cent, the largest independent survey carried out since the Brexit vote found.

With Britain due to leave the European Union on March 29, May is running out of time to find an agreement that is acceptable both to her divided Conservative government and to fellow European Union nations.

She must unite her government, party and domestic allies around a Brexit plan that is also acceptable to the EU.

With a Brexit deal nearing completion with Brussels, the PM is trying to secure the agreement of her cabinet to press on with finalising the terms for Brexit.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson tweeted, Tuesday, that a UK-EU deal was unlikely, criticising the Irish government and warning them that a no-deal Brexit would mean "serious consequences" for their economy.

At the end of the three-hour meeting, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab left Downing Street telling reporters: 'Thumbs up'.

The pound was up 0.3 per cent against the dollar and Raab's comment sent the euro to a five-month low against the pound.



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