Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Ministers on standby for emergency cabinet meeting to approve final Brexit deal

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Sandra Phillips | 07 November, 2018, 09:42

May told her ministers that aim of doing a deal would "not be done at any cost".

Theresa May has emerged from a tense Cabinet meeting this morning insisting she will not agree to a Brexit deal "at any cost", despite the clock ticking on reaching a Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Johnson dismissed suggestions that the arrangement would lead the way to a Canada-style trade deal, arguing that the joint UK/EU political declaration on the future relationship due to be released alongside the withdrawal agreement will be "worthless".

Speaking ahead of the publication of Mr Johnson's comments, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister is clear we are leaving the customs union".

Mr Donaldson said a no deal would have "serious consequences" for the Republic of Ireland's economy and that the United Kingdom "won't have to pay a penny more" to the EU.

"While the United Kingdom should aim to conclude the Withdrawal Agreement as soon as possible, this would not be done at any cost".

"Don't be under any illusion, there remains a significant amount of work to do", the spokesman told reporters.

"There is still a real point of divergence on the way of guaranteeing peace in Ireland, that there are no borders in Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the single market", he told a Belgian TV station.

Theresa May is expected to put pressure on ministers to agree to a different solution to the Irish backstop which she discussed with Leo Varadkar in an unscheduled phone call on Monday.

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Mr Varadkar's remarks come as several European Union sources cast doubt on whether a breakthrough can be reached this week on the Irish backstop in the Brexit negotiations.

The UK would effectively become a non-voting member of the European Union, forced to accept laws made in Brussels with no power to shape or amend them, he said.

A senior DUP figure has warned that the United Kingdom is hurtling towards a no deal Brexit, pinning the blame on the Irish Republic for its hard-line stance on the backstop.

"Looks like we're heading for no deal", he tweeted today.

Mrs May is understood to view the mechanism as a means of allaying the concerns of Conservative and DUP MPs who want guarantees that any future membership of a customs union is temporary.

"Such an outcome will have serious consequences for the economy of the Republic".

Mr Stride responded: 'We are in the middle of a negotiation, at the appropriate moment when we know exactly what the deal is that is available that we have negotiated then we we will of course come forward with a full and comprehensive analysis of both the fiscal and economic impacts of that deal'.

"Deal or no deal, it's becoming clearer by the day that the United Kingdom is headed for a miserable Brexit".

It is speculated that May is hoping for enough progress in Brexit talks this week to secure a summit later this month in which the final details of a deal will be negotiated. "Given that neither was on the ballot in 2016, we believe the ultimate choice should be handed back to the public with a People's Vote".

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