Theresa May 'facing more resignations over her Brexit deal'

  • Theresa May 'facing more resignations over her Brexit deal'

Theresa May 'facing more resignations over her Brexit deal'

Following the cabinet meeting, Mrs May's spokesman said: "The prime minister said she was confident of reaching a deal".

The DUP is opposed to a Northern Ireland-specific backstop, since, if it came into effect, it would require Northern Ireland to be more closely aligned with the EU's customs and trade rules than the rest of the UK.

Ministerial sources told HuffPost UK the cabinet could approve the long-awaited Withdrawal Agreement from the European Union as early as Thursday or Friday this week, followed by a special Brussels summit later this month and a Commons vote in December.

"For now, we are still negotiating and I am not, as I am speaking to you this morning, able to tell you that we are close to reaching an agreement", he told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

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

Theresa May is expected to brief her cabinet today on proposals to avoid a hard border in Ireland through a UK-wide customs arrangement that would eliminate most checks on goods.
To ease Conservative fears that the United Kingdom could effectively stay in the EU customs union indefinitely, preventing trade deals with other countries, Downing Street is pushing for a review mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to exit the arrangement.

Hardliner Michel Barnier was characteristically belligerent, insisting that the "backstop means backstop" and there is "still a real point of divergence" on the Northern Ireland issue.

The European Union is preparing to back a compromise proposal on the Irish border to resolve the last major hurdle in Brexit negotiations, the Times newspaper reported on Monday (5 November).

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.

The Irish government said the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach had discussed a "review mechanism" in which the backstop could be ended by mutual consent.

The notes say ministers would seek to claim "measured success", a deal that is "good for everyone", rather than claiming a victory with champagne corks popping.

A no-deal outcome, he said, "will have serious consequences for economy of Irish Republic".

"Looks like we're heading for no deal", he wrote on Twitter, adding: "Can't understand why Irish government seems so intent on this course".

May spokesperson said it was likely that a further cabinet meeting would be held before a deal was agreed, hinting that this could happen later in the week.

Cautious optimism that a deal may be in the offing has also been dampened by uncertainty over whether it would pass the British parliament, deeply split between eurosceptic and pro-EU lawmakers, even within May's Conservative Party.