UK To Refuse Brexit Bill Without Trade Deal

Irving Hamilton
July 22, 2018

Raab met the EU's top negotiator Michel Barnier for the first time on Friday, where he heard doubts over May's new Brexit blueprint for the future relationship.

After a meeting with May, he said: "Northern Ireland is being offered no certainty on Brexit". His words around the backstop appeared more conciliatory than they have previously, insisting that it did not have to be the one proposed by the European Union - although more work is being carried out on that suggestion - and that it was not created to cut Northern Ireland off from the rest of the UK.

The embattled British leader is urging European Union leaders to take a more flexible view on how to solve the Irish border issue, a key sticking point in talks on Britain's exit from the bloc, which is expected in March.

He said: 'Article 50 requires, as we negotiate the withdrawal agreement, that there's a future framework for our new relationship going forward, so the two are linked.

Recalling that at the end of the Second World War Sir Winston Churchill had said that without Northern Ireland "the light which now shines so strongly throughout the world would have been quenched", Mrs May went on to speak about the future, saying that "the greatest strength of our Union is its potential", with what she described as an "outward-looking United Kingdom after Brexit". Frankly, it would not make us a credible partner for future worldwide agreements'. About the only thing everyone agrees on is that Chequers is very bad indeed; so bad in fact, that Brussels would be biting the Prime Minister's hand off to accept it if negotiators thought there was any possibility of it being the final negotiating position. Introduced by lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group, the measures would prevent Britain from collecting tariffs on behalf of EU nations unless the EU does the same for them.

"And, on that basis, I look forward to resuming constructive discussions".

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Growth in the country would "stabilize in the last quarter of 2018" with a "gradual recovery in 2019 and 2020", she added. The US treasury secretary referred to President Donald Trump's threat of imposing tariffs on all Chinese imports.

"The notion of a hard border is nearly inconceivable, a seamless border must continue".

During a phone exchange, the aide reportedly said: "The Prime Minister will be in - I'll spell it for you in case I mispronounce it - F-e-r-m-a-n-a-g-h".

Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), during a visit to Belleek pottery factory on the northern side of the Irish border, in Belleek, Northern Ireland, Thursday July 19, 2018.

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, the return of any form of physical checkpoints or other infrastructure would be "an alien concept".

Mr Barnier said that the Withdrawal Agreement could not be concluded without a legally binding backstop setting out the fallback arrangements if a wider solution for the Irish border could not be found.

This would be based on the Commission's proposal but "not necessarily" stick precisely to the outline released in March, he said.

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