Britain Can Still Be Trapped In The Irish Backstop, Says Attorney General

14 March, 2019, 17:32 | Author: Myra Gill
  • May secures new assurrances from EU

The agreement was resoundingly voted down in January on the issue of the "backstop" is meant to avoid a hard border between Ireland (EU state) and Northern Ireland (part of UK), but many see it as an EU ploy to keep in the United Kingdom within the customs union and the single market.

The cross crashed around 320-pips, eroding a major part of the previous session's goodish up-move and was further pressurized by a modest pull-back in equity markets, which provided a minor lift to the Japanese Yen's safe-haven status.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, a supported of the pro-EU Best For Britain campaign, said: "This is a disaster for the government".

A deal might not happen at all, if Parliament still delivers a no on Tuesday's vote on the withdrawal plan.

His comments came one day after British Prime Minister Theresa May secured legally binding changes to the deal in EU.


They have been demanding that the agreement does not keep the United Kingdom locked in the Irish backstop - an insurance policy to guarantee no return to a hard border in Ireland - indefinitely.

She would have looked first to the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, whose 10 votes give her minority government a theoretical majority - and whose implacable opposition to the Northern Irish "backstop" in her deal has put down a marker for May's other Conservative foes and prompted the weeks of shuttle diplomacy with Brussels. So, in short, the deal will probably be rejected on Tuesday-though never say never, particularly due to the complexity of the alternatives.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has dealt a serious blow to Theresa May's hopes of getting her Brexit deal through parliament, writing in new legal advice that the risk of being trapped in the Irish border backstop remains "unchanged" despite last-minute assurances. Although she has spent the intervening two months begging the European Union for changes that could convince members of Parliament (MPs) to change their minds, she has utterly failed.

Labour leader Mr Corbyn urged MPs to vote against the deal when it returns to the Commons, saying the prime minister had "recklessly run down the clock" on negotiations. "We have a deal on the table which does exactly do this". "MPs must vote down this wretched deal, extend Article 50 and back the only credible route out of this Brexit mess - a public vote".

Tusk also said the European Union would consider a "reasoned request" from London for an extension of article 50, but only with "credible justification".

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