European Union officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Sergio Conner
October 10, 2018

Mrs May has accepted a dinner speech in Brussels next Wednesday evening, where she will address 27 European Union leaders before they start a new round of Brexit talks.

"If we followed Mr Barnier's advice, my information is that those checks would become 100%, although with a veterinary agreement in a future trade deal, that might be reduced somewhat", she said.

"We need to be satisfied that we're not going to do damage to the United Kingdom ..."

However, May has not yet shown the new proposal to Foster, whose party the prime minister depends upon for her Commons majority.

But the DUP could abandon this deal if Brexit means new barriers between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, Newsnight's Nick Watt said.

There are usually checks on goods coming into the EU's customs territory from outside countries, but the bloc has agreed not to carry out such checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit in order to safeguard the peace process.

Following the meeting with the DUP delegation, Mr Barnier tweeted that his team are "working hard to explain and de-dramatise the backstop".

Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida
Michael's location was about 90 miles southwest of both Panama City, Fla ., and Apalachicola, Fla., the NHC said. Torrential downpours and flash flooding from the storm over the weekend caused 13 deaths in Central America.

Thomas Rhett's American Music Awards flashy suit contains hidden tribute
Additionally, several of gospel and R&B's heaviest hitters will assemble for what's sure to be a touching Aretha Franklin tribute. He also just received posthumously the Best New Artist Award at the BET Hip-Hop Awards last weekend as well.

Why Camilla Parker Bowles Won't Be Attending Princess Eugenie's Wedding
Camilla Parker-Bowles is skipping Princess Eugenie's upcoming wedding to Jack Brooksbank . "Royals don't like to disappoint". Although Camilla won't be in attendance, there's sure to be a star-studded guest list to make up for it.

The flow of Brexit-centric headlines continues through the week, and the UK Times is out with notes on UK Prime Minister Theresa, who looks set to chain down her own Conservative party within the UK's parliament in an effort to push through a Brexit compromise.

"My estimate is that there are at least 40 colleagues who are not going to accept a "half in, half out" Chequers deal or indeed a backstop that leaves us in the internal market and the customs union".

The Times said a group of between 30 to 40 Labour lawmakers could defy their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and vote for a deal that May hopes to bring back by the end of the year.

But the DUP fears that a two-part Brexit deal is emerging that would breach its "nuclear" red line.

He said that if a deal of this kind is struck, it will be "very obvious" to voters at the next general election that the government had broken promises from the 2017 Conservative manifesto and the prime minister's Lancaster House speech setting out her Brexit "red lines".

The prime minister's spokesperson said government officials are in "intensive" talks with European Union negotiators in order to resolve the Irish border issue, which is the last major outstanding issue in the draft Withdrawal Agreement.

Earlier in the day, she told BBC Radio Ulster that it is "eminently possible" to reach a Brexit deal that "works for everyone" with weeks.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article