Sterling retreats on United Kingdom refusal of European Union border offer

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 19, 2018

Mr Tusk's intervention in Salzburg came just hours before a working dinner at the Felsenreitschule - the theatre where the Von Trapp family performed before fleeing the Nazis in The Sound Of Music movie - where Mrs May will set out her plan and explain why Brussels should show more flexibility to give her the support she needs.

The 67-year-old added that talks were in the "home straight" during a speech in Brussels last night, although two key issues remained unresolved ahead of October's deadlines - one being the problem surrounding the Irish border.

Under current rules, the numbers of skilled and unskilled workers who can come from outside the European Union is capped, while anyone can come from within the EU.

"We are clarifying which goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom would need to be checked and where, when and by whom these checks could be performed".

He said what is needed is a "legally operational backstop which fulls respects the territorial integrity of the UK".

It has been reported that EU President Donald Tusk will announce will propose an extra, extraordinary EU summit in November to deal with Brexit.

Mr Barnier's comments came after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had earlier told the Dail in Dublin: "I do not anticipate there will be any change to the EU's position or any change to our negotiating guidelines".

Mrs May will echo the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, who has urged the European Union to show a willingness to compromise in the drive for a deal over the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc.

But in a blow to Mrs May's approach, he said: "On other issues such as the Irish question or the framework for economic co-operation the UK's proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated".

Despite Mrs May insisting the choice was between her deal or no deal, Treasury minister Mel Stride appeared to suggest that a second poll was still a possibility.

"All these things will come back and we'll see more and more pressure, and (May) will have a deal she won't be able to bring back to the House of Commons because it'll be lumbered with loads of other European Union demands, so she's going to have to have something else", Davis told the BBC.

The EU has called her Chequers plan, named after May's country residence where a deal was hashed out with ministers earlier this year, a good starting point but has baulked at her proposals for a future customs arrangement and Northern Ireland.

He branded people who continually kept pouring cold water on the idea of tech-based fixes "pathetic parrots".

They would input the details of goods which are due to cross the border into a computer, affix an identifier to the vehicle, and this could be scanned electronically when it crosses the border.

Smaller volumes of goods from minor companies or farmers could well just be "ignored", he said.

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