Unlimited Brexit backstop would leave United Kingdom trapped in unacceptable arrangements - DUP

Lester Mason
October 13, 2018

Britain has proposed a customs arrangement with the European Union to avoid physical checks between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland, until the issue can be resolved with a wider trade deal.

May in particular is likely to have a tough time selling a deal to the House of Commons, which is divided on the issue of Brexit and on what terms to leave the EU.

"This is critical", Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up Theresa May's government, said on Twitter.

"She will not have DUP support regardless of whether the government tries to bribe, bully or browbeat us into accepting it", Wilson also said.

In the absence of a comprehensive EU-UK trade partnership after Brexit, the EU is seeking a "backstop" arrangement whereby Northern Ireland would effectively remain subject to the bloc's regulations to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Theresa May has briefed key ministers on the Brexit negotiations amid speculation the Government is moving closer to a deal with Brussels.

"Those 39 will not turn, I will not turn and there are growing numbers beyond that who are determined that we should deliver on the Brexit that we promised", he said.


May is also facing a revolt by her Northern Irish allies over the long-term trading relationship, an outline of which London wants set out before Brexit.

"We are working not just with the domestic preparations that we need to do, but with the Belgians, the Dutch and the French, to make sure not just passengers going, as you say, on holiday but also goods can continue to flow".

"Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction", Foster said. While London wants to regulate that by a future trade deal with the European Union, the bloc insists on an emergency fix in case negotiating new relations takes longer, or fails.

"The only way to put things back on the right track is to ditch the backstop.", Johnson wrote.

Stewart Jackson, who was chief of staff to former Brexit secretary David Davis, said it was "quite possible" that another Cabinet minister could follow the example of his former boss and resign.

As officials continued to wrangle over the precise wording of the agreement in Brussels, a Downing Street spokeswoman said the Prime Minister would "never agree to a deal which would trap the United Kingdom in a backstop permanently" and "our position is that this future economic relationship needs to be in place by the end of December 2021 at the latest".

Mrs May is scrambling to secure a deal that satisfies Brussels, her warring cabinet and the nation ahead of a crunch summit with 27 European Union leaders in Salzburg next week.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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