PM to visit Irish border as Brexit concerns continue

Jul 20, 2018, 18:26
PM to visit Irish border as Brexit concerns continue

Mrs May's white paper would restrict ministers' powers to initiate, innovate or deviate from the Brussels rule book to the extent that they would never again be able to institute a reform programme of the type introduced by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, he said.

Mrs May also strongly denied claims she had shown German Chancellor Angela Merkel her Brexit plans before presenting them to cabinet ministers. "And nothing will undermine our commitment to protecting the Belfast Agreement".

Mrs May will also try to rally her deeply divided Parliamentary party as she addresses a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers in the evening. Brussels doesn't want the matter of the Irish border to predetermine the entirety of the UK's future relationship with the EU.

"These nonsenses of threatening general elections and votes of confidence in the Prime Minister and as I actually said to the deputy chief whip "bring it on" because I shall be the first in the queue to give my vote of full confidence in the Prime Minister", she said.

"She said she told Mrs May it was"'grossly irresponsible and wreckless" to row back on a commitment to the backstop agreement.

"From the start of the negotiations, the UK Government has put Northern Ireland's unique circumstances at the heart of our negotiations".

The first step of a trade bill establishing the legal basis for Brexit has cleared the lower house of the British parliament with a vote of 317 in favour and 286 against.

"The only thing that could replace this current form of a backstop is, No 1 something which is better; No 2 something which is agreed and No 3 something that would be legally operable", Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told RTE radio.

"For Leavers, this deal simply does not deliver the proper break from the European Union that they wanted".

If the amendment had passed it would have thrown May’s Brexit strategy into disarray and increased pressure on the beleaguered leader to step down

"It's a total and complete mess": Former prime minister Tony Blair does not hold back when asked in an interview with AFP what he makes of the British government's approach to Brexit.

Mr Baker, rising to huge cheers from Tory backbenchers, said: "It is in the national interest that we should have and have implemented contingency plans for the unwanted eventuality of exiting the European Union with nothing agreed".

"We are not asking for a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK".

Commenting on the association agreement plans, he quipped: "I can say though, without having to look at the data, that the United Kingdom looks incredibly different to the Ukraine in terms of life sciences".

"The problem is not that we have failed to make the case for a free trade agreement of the kind spelt out at Lancaster House".

Mr Donohoe also said he believes that Mrs May's commitment to an open border is genuine and honest.

The 500-kilometre (300 mile) border has been largely invisible since army checkpoints were taken down after a 1998 peace deal ended three decades of violence between the region's pro-British majority and an Irish nationalist minority.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney and Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee will attend today's gathering to discuss the state of play in the Brexit negotiations.

That's why the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has been so firm during these negotiations on getting this backstop of no border but for Theresa May leaving the single market and customs union means its got to go somewhere and her unionist DUP allies will not let that be in the Irish Sea for fear of a move towards reunification of Ireland.