June 21, 2018

Ministers water down changes to ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

10 June 2018, 12:34 | Marta Robbins

GETTYNathan Gill accused the EU of trying to'lock the UK in the customs union

Nathan Gill

And despite Davis's new wording, it had no formal time limit; it would have incentivised the European Union to leave us in permanent limbo, under its control.

A new BBC survey has shown that just over 42% of Northern Irish citizens want a united Ireland.

"Before we break for the summer in the Commons we'll be taking the other two bills that need to be addressed that are relevant in relation this issue", Mrs May said.

At the heart of the problem is ensuring there is no hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, which will remain in the EU.

"The PM has been clear that we will preserve the integrity of the U.K.'s internal market and there will not be a customs border down the Irish Sea - any backstop option will satisfy this", he said.

"The UK calls this arrangement "temporary", said Mr Barnier.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said at a private dinner that there's a risk of a Brexit "meltdown", but that no one should panic over it.

The EU has rejected all Customs Union and Irish border solutions put forward by the United Kingdom so far, including the "Max Fac" option allowing the United Kingdom to break free of EU rules and keep the Irish border open.

This will see the UK retain parts of the EU's customs union in the event of a wider UK-EU agreement finding no solution to the issue; but Brexiteers had become concerned as to whether the proposal would truly be "time-limited", as promised.

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He questioned whether a temporary backstop could "secure the absence of a hard border in all circumstances" and said it might mean businesses and public authorities having to cope with several changes.

May's ministers are split on what kind of customs deal Britain should seek from the European Union ahead of a summit of the bloc's leaders which will try to make progress on the stalemated Brexit negotiations this month.

But Charlie Elphicke, who represents Dover and Deal, said there was "scepticism" over HMRC's figures, telling Mr Thompson that most estimates put Brexit customs costs at 1% of trade value rather than 5%.

The pro-EU Best For Britain claimed the UK's backstop plan was "dead on arrival" in Brussels.

Britain now expects the future arrangement to be in place by the end of December 2021 at the latest, a year after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

When asked how respondents would like to see Northern Ireland governed, 42.1% said they would choose a devolved Northern Ireland Executive at Stormont.

His comments come ahead of a crunch European Union summit in Brussels at the end of the month, where the European Union hopes to resolve matters such as the Irish border issue.

And Labour MP Ian Murray, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a second referendum, said: "Theresa May's flimsy Brexit proposal has lasted less than 24 hours".

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