Theresa May swerves cabinet crisis over Northern Ireland Brexit deal

Theresa May swerves cabinet crisis over Northern Ireland Brexit deal

The Prime Minister and Brexit secretary have been at loggerheads over the Government's latest backstop plan to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit. The focus must now be on getting a new trade deal.

"The UK is clear that the temporary customs arrangement, should it be needed, should be time limited", said the document.

A government technical note said the United Kingdom expected permanent customs arrangements to be in place by the end of December 2021 at the latest.

The Government did not expect it to be implemented as it meant to have a permanent customs arrangement in place by the end of 2020, she said. With Labour MPs whipped to back the Lords amendment, Tory Remainers are understood to believe they have enough support to mount an effective rebellion.

"Some Brexiteers are cheering this non-win over the "expected" leaving date".

Theresa May came up with the plan for a time-limited "backstop" if a trade deal is not in place by 2021.

At the same time the United Kingdom would be able to strike free trade agreements with other countries.


In its manifesto Best for Britain argues that both sides of the Brexit debate should welcome a second poll in less than three years to finally settle the question of the UK's membership of the European Union and that the issue was diverting time and energy from other political concerns.

A source close to Davis told HuffPost UK: "Obviously there's been a back and forth on this paper, as there always is whenever the government publishes anything". None of the three ministers threatened to resign during the discussions, a spokeswoman for Mr May said.

Britain's government has removed a legislative proposal for a "meaningful vote" in parliament on whatever deal it negotiates to leave the European Union, opposition lawmakers said on Thursday.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator was giving his first substantial reaction to the U.K.'s alternative "backstop" proposal to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland if negotiators fail to reach agreement.

While the customs union and hard border issues will create complexity for contract logistics, the report goes on to note: "Ultimately though, what will really matter for contract logistics providers is whether the United Kingdom leaves the single market".

'We are also committed to maintaining the integrity of our own internal market. "Is it an all-weather backstop?"

Mr Barnier was speaking as he said that Theresa May's proposals for a backstop customs arrangement in Northern Ireland raise a series of "difficult" questions.

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