No tariffs for Irish goods entering NI in no-deal Brexit

Lloyd Doyle
March 13, 2019

"Since her Brexit deal was so overwhelmingly rejected, the prime minister has recklessly run down the clock, failed to effectively negotiate with the European Union and refused to find common ground for a deal Parliament could support".

Hours later, however, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said these additions would not completely allay MPs fears of being trapped in the arrangement indefinitely.

Britain said on Wednesday it would eliminate import tariffs on a wide range of goods and avoid a so-called hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"In the light of our own legal analysis and others we do not recommend accepting the government's motion today", William Cash, a senior pro-Brexit Conservative Party lawmaker said.

The European Research Group of pro-Brexit Conservatives, which has dozens of lawmakers as members, said the amendments "do not deliver "legally binding changes" to the withdrawal agreement, as the government promised.

"Given that nearly two months after the first vote was comprehensively rejected there has been pretty scant progress made, this suggests that it will take more than a small tweak on this deal to gain the support required to passed".

The back-stop measure is meant to reassure Britain it won't be trapped forever in a mechanism created to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The moment Theresa May stood to present her revised Brexit deal to the House of Commons lawmakers, it was clear to many that she had a rough period of vigorous negotiations, which ultimately reflected on her voice. May can try to seek further changes from the EU.

'But we will do all we can to support people and businesses across Northern Ireland in the event that we leave without a deal.


"While the margin of the defeat at 149 is far smaller than the 230 votes seen back in January, it is still large enough to leave any hopes of it gaining the requisite support before March 29th hanging in tatters".

In a written legal opinion, Cox said that if U.K. -EU negotiations became stalled through "intractable differences", Britain would have "no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol's arrangements, save by agreement".

If they don't, May's position as Prime Minister is in serious danger - and Britain will inch towards a no-deal Brexit or, at least, face a delay to the entire process.

"The prime minister has run down the clock and now the clock has run down on her", said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Wednesday's no-deal debate will begin after Prime Minister's Questions and Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement economic update.

Thoughts will now turn to an extension beyond the European Union summit next week, followed by a third meaningful vote on May's Brexit plan.

What isn't clear is how the prime minister actually intends to dig herself out of this terrible political hole. "If we don't check out tonight, we may never leave", tweeted Conservative legislator Bob Seely.

Cabinet office minister David Lidington told the House of Commons on Monday night that the two sides agreed on a "joint instrument" clarifying the withdrawal deal. With talk of her resignation, an election or a fresh referendum renewed by the sheer scale of Tuesday evening's defeat, the problem remains: Has anyone got a plan that could win a majority?

Associated Press writers Raf Casert in Strasbourg, France, Pan Pylas in London and Renee Graham in Dover, England contributed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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