Brexit: I won't compromise on Northern Ireland border, says Theresa May


Brexit: I won't compromise on Northern Ireland border, says Theresa May

This is Mrs. May's first visit to the Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the cause of much debate in the current, contentious Brexit negotiations.

A ministerial resignation statement on a Wednesday would normally follow Prime Minister's Questions, but friends of the former foreign secretary are predicting the government will stage at least one ministerial statement after PMQs so Mr Johnson does not immediately follow Theresa May.

"Our plan is to negotiate a withdrawal agreement that provides foes transition, but there can only be a withdrawal agreement if there is a backstop, and our position is to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom, and an aviation agreement with the UK".

Mr Corbyn replied: "Is she seriously expecting 27 member states of the European Union are going to establish their own bureaucratic tariff collection infrastructure just to satisfy the war within the Conservative Party in Britain?"

Her new Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, vowed to "intensify" negotiations after travelling to Brussels for his first meeting with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. The stakes therefore couldn't be higher.

"Until then, the UK Government will of course fulfil our responsibility to ensure good governance and stability in Northern Ireland". This would keep Northern Ireland in the EU's customs territory, its Value-Added Tax area, and its single market for goods, in the event that no alternative trade or technical arrangement could be agreed to avoid a hard border.

"I've also been clear we will not accept the imposition of any Border down the Irish Sea and we will preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and Northern Ireland's place within it".

Mr Johnson's statement will come on what will already be another tough and challenging day for the prime minister in a turbulent week.

The amendment is a victory for those MPs in Parliament who are seeking a "soft Brexit" however the balance of power between these former Remainers and Brexiteers in Westminster remains finely balanced. This would be a sensible approach to the future partnership.

He told the Commons yesterday evening: "This [amendment] is vital because that is how we get our people and our NHS the medicines they need, it is also important for our pharmaceutical sector".

Theresa May will throw down the gauntlet to Brussels by demanding the European Union "evolve their position" on Brexit, while declaring MPs will veto the bloc's proposed Irish border solution. "That was the vision that the Prime Minister rightly described past year". May has proposed instead that any backstop should apply to the whole of the UK.

May isn't just facing criticism from within her own government either.

Another fudge doing the rounds is the idea of a "backstop within a backstop".

Some have suggested Blair had a role in Brexit by failing to limit migration from new European Union member states from central and eastern Europe when they joined in 2004, leading to a huge influx of workers that sparked public alarm.

She told The House magazine: "The EU has simply not taken us seriously so far in terms of the future agreement".

This leaves the last option: dig in and hope for the best.

"Now that there is collective agreement to accelerate delivery of our plans, will she please give instructions that every communication related to no deal serves to bolster our negotiating position and by reinforcing the credibility and the feasibility of those contingency plans?"



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