UK Chancellor: Brexit talks have become positive

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Ottobre 13, 2018

Several eurosceptic ministers are now reportedly considering resigning over plans to give ground on the so-called backstop arrangement.

At least three ministers are poised to quit next week unless May changes course.

But Eurostar spokesman Rob Haycocks said the company's trains, which stop at Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, should follow existing services come March: "We are having constructive conversations with the governments on Brexit and will continue to do so".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney insisted the backstop should be able to remain in place "unless and until something better comes along" and told ITV News it was a "deal breaker".

And the BBC understands another senior minister, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, was "thinking carefully about whether she could put up with such a compromise".

Other cabinet members, who appeared to not have been invited to the meeting, including Esther McVey, the work and pensions secretary, and Penny Mordaunt, the worldwide development secretary, were said to be frustrated with the lack of a time limit, and, according to The Times, citing an unnamed source, were considering their positions.

"I am sure the Prime Minister is well aware of the grave responsibility which lies on her shoulders". "The prime minister needs to hear the mood by Monday". "We need Brexiteers in the Cabinet", they said.

Following a third day of talks with European Union officials in Brussels, Foster accused European Union leaders of wanting to "place an effective one-way turnstile from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom".

May hopes British negotiators can strike a deal over the weekend, which she can discuss with the cabinet on Tuesday.

With less than six months to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, its most momentous shift in foreign and trade policy for over four decades, May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it is unclear if she can win parliamentary approval.

Oliver Robbins and May will try to reconcile this contradiction by persuading the rest of the European Union to sign up in the separate political declaration that a future commercial relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union will deliver "frictionless, tariff-free trade" between United Kingdom and EU.

The head of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, said May "could not in good conscience" agree to checks on goods being imported to Northern Ireland from Britain after Brexit.

Brussels has insisted the backstop can not by its very nature be time-limited.

The paper said the government and energy regulator Ofgem were working with interconnector operators "to ensure new access rules are approved in Great Britain and are providing support to interconnectors engaging with EU Member State authorities".

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