May struggles to sell at home Brexit deal emerging with EU

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2018

Earlier, amid speculation possible of ministerial resignations, the Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, who was not at the meeting, pointedly refused to endorse the prime minister's Chequers blueprint for Brexit.

The deal believed to be on the table involves keeping the whole United Kingdom in an "arrangement" that effectively preserves the existing EU customs union, ensuring the goods continue to move freely over the Irish land border regardless of the future trade relationship between London and Brussels.

"It would have to be finite, it would have to be short and it would have to be, I think, time-limited in order for it to be supported here", said Britain's Brexit minister, Dominic Raab.

Britain rejects the EU's proposed solution - to keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc's single market and customs union after the rest of the UK leaves - because it would create new barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK The EU has asked for a counter-proposal from Britain.

As key Cabinet members met in Downing Street, they were warned by DUP leader Arlene Foster that they could not in "good conscience" accept the proposals now on the table from the EU.

"I am sure the Prime Minister is well aware of the grave responsibility which lies on her shoulders".

He suggested an alternative compromise would be for the European Union to defend its single market by agreeing to virtual checks on goods crossing from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

The EU says there needs to be major progress at a summit in Brussels next week if the two sides are to strike a divorce deal before Brexit day.

"The prime minister is a unionist".

Wilson said the party would firstly "decide whether or not voting against the budget is the appropriate way of showing our dissatisfaction".

It is understood that cabinet ministers Mr Fox, Mr Gove, Mr Raab and Mr Hunt expressed concerns about the possibility.

"The majority of people in Northern Ireland are looking for something quite different from what the DUP is looking for, and yet the DUP is given this platform as if it speaks for Northern Ireland".

"The DUP's red lines are actually Theresa May's red lines", he told BBC News.

Sir John said that their behaviour was even worse than that of the Eurosceptics he famously dubbed "bastards" when he was in No 10 in the 1990s.

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