Brexit deal change 'wishful thinking', says Ireland

Jermaine Castillo
February 3, 2019

The main disagreement over the border issue has been over an EU-suggested backstop - keeping Northern Ireland in the EU single market and customs union after Brexit until a solution is found - because it would create a sort of a border within the the Irish Sea. It is going to take a few days to do that", he told BBC radio. "There is potential along all the different routes that have been discussed.

"I think it's about party cohesion, it's going to be hard times over the next few weeks and we need to come back together again after the vote". Hunt also said it was too early to say if an extension to the Brexit process would be required. The only thing parliament has indicated majority support for is the prevention of "no-deal", yet this is the default position on March 29th unless something can be agreed.

Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng said Brussels will not get a "penny pinch" of the £39billion divorce bill unless it moves on the backstop.

"Rejecting the backstop altogether means no deal", she said at the time.

In a vote on January 29, the House of Commons (the lower house of the British parliament) passed a non-binding resolution stating its opposition to a no-deal Brexit, out of fear that such a sudden rupture with the European Union would lead to shortages of food and medicine, with United Kingdom ports in gridlock as decades-old provisions for seamless trade with the continent come to an abrupt end.

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Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney said Britain had not offered any feasible way to keep the border open. Theresa May introduced this Backstop idea to prolong the implementation period as an insurance policy against a hard border.

The state's foreign investment agency said Ireland gained over 4,500 jobs past year as a result of Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

She said: "No one is building border checkpoints".

This would give May "the mandate I need to negotiate in Brussels... a significant and legally binding change to the Withdrawal Agreement", she said.

At least one Labour MP has welcomed the prospect of more funding for Leave-voting constituencies with John Mann telling the Government: "Show us the money".

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Kingston said that a no-deal Brexit would "inevitably" have an impact on consumers and the "financial affairs of people on the street".

Also on Thursday, Commons leader Andrea Leadsome announced that British lawmakers will be expected to stay in session during the February recess, which was due to start Feb. 18.

He accused May of "running down the clock" to a no-deal Brexit, risking lorries backing up near British ports, cancer patients left without vital medicine and price rises in the shops.

He said: "We delayed the parliamentary vote from 11 December until January - and then lost by the biggest majority ever against a government".

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox admitted, if the UK were to fall into the backstop in the absence of an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship, it could hamper the country's ability to secure independent trade deals with non-EU countries.

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During the exchange, Mr Corbyn said the prime minister may have succeeded in "temporarily uniting her very divided party" in Tuesday's votes on amendments to her plan, but she had to make "more important compromises" to "unite the country".

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