May Secures Key EU Brexit Concessions on Customs, Times Says

May Secures Key EU Brexit Concessions on Customs, Times Says

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.

Last week the Irish prime minister said Brexit was fraying relations between Ireland and Britain.

However, if these Brexiteers are not convinced that the customs union is only a temporary measure they would nearly certainly rebel.

But Downing Street has reportedly dismissed the report as "speculation".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a deal with the European Union on Brexit that will avoid the need for a hard border in Ireland, it has been reported.

More news: Arsenal progress under Unai Emery plain to see in draw with Liverpool

Baker said: "If we are going to regulate our own economy, if we are going to have our own independent trade policy, if we are going to be a normal independent country - which is what I understood the referendum result to have decided - then we need to be out of the customs union and we need to get out of the customs union in a timely way".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said the Irish position remains clear and a backstop that could be ended by the United Kingdom unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the EU.

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

The new deal will bring the United Kingdom closer to the prospect of a free trade deal with the European Union similar to that of Canada, it has been suggested.

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.

More news: Samsung Galaxy S10 may use ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Mr Davis said: "If the attorney-general has warned - as has been reported - that the United Kingdom will not know when the backstop would end and compared it to being stuck in Dante's first circle of hell, then it's time to put an end to this nonsense once and for all."Mr Davis said: "We need the cards laid on the table so we can form a judgment".

"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".

Both sides agree there must be no customs posts or other barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents or undermine Northern Ireland's peace. "Are we being hurtled toward a Hotel California Brexit where we can check out but never leave?"

But the government's Brexit department stated that they are confident there will be a deal that works for businesses - and reiterated their stance against a People's Vote. "That is why we are increasingly positive on the expectation of reaching a deal", he added.

May is under intense pressure from several members of her cabinet to secure a mechanism by which any backstop agreements can be time limited and able to be terminated by the UK.

More news: Divers In Indonesia Find Crashed Airliner's 'Black Box'

Related Articles