EU Trying to 'Rerun Old Arguments' - UK Brexit Minister

Erika Holt
March 11, 2019

Both Steve Baker, a leading figure in the Brexiteer ERG, and Nigel Dodds, the DUP's Westminster leader, said that it is now "inevitable" that the "unchanged" deal will be voted down on Tuesday - predicting another three figure defeat after it was defeated last time by a record-breaking 230 votes.

Mr Barnier said London would need to honour its commitment to keep the Irish border free of controls, potentially leaving Northern Ireland subject to European Union rules, with a "border" in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the island of Britain.

A threatened cabinet revolt over the risks of leaving with no deal forced May to agree that MPs would be able to vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit, if her agreement is rejected.

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, tweeted a series of proposals on Friday evening in an unorthodox move seen as an attempt to pre-empt a blame game.

The current deal took 18 months to negotiate between the EU and the United Kingdom and May has been seeking concessions from her European counterparts on the backstop issue to help get it through the Commons.

Labour has said it would back a delay of a few months, during which it will try to persuade MPs to back its alternative plan for an EU-UK customs union after Brexit.

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The issue of how to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland is at the heart of the dispute between London and Brussels after British lawmakers objected to the so-called backstop insurance policy which they believe would keep the whole of the United Kingdom trapped in an EU customs union.

The ComRes poll was commissioned by pro-Leave group Brexit Express which surveyed over 2000 people and found that 76 percent of people also believed the Government had handled negotiations poorly.

With no changes to offer Parliament, Mrs May looks set to lose her second attempt to get approval of her deal and smooth Britain's exit from the European Union, the country's biggest shift in trade and foreign policy in more than 40 years. May relies on DUP votes to get her legislation passed after she lost her parliamentary majority. "Let's do what is necessary for MPs (members of Parliament) to back the deal on Tuesday". The UK has put forward clear new proposals.

"These are very serious times".

"They've got to recognise her deal isn't going to work, it doesn't get support, and will not get through Parliament".

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