Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
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May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May briefed her inner cabinet on Thursday evening that a historic Brexit deal was close, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

At Westminster, Mrs May told MPs that it was "in the national interest" for MPs from all parties to back the deal she brought back from Brussels.

Blasting the proposed deal, she said: "Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction".

"Nearly two and a half years on from the (EU membership) referendum, we are, both on the European Union deal and on other post-Brexit trade deals, still lost in campaign mode on fantasy island", Rogers said in a highly critical speech Wednesday in Cambridge.

Mrs May insists that such an arrangement must apply to the whole of the UK to avoid the creation of a "border in the Irish Sea" between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Cabinet ministers including trade secretary Liam Fox, environment secretary Michael Gove, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt have reportedly expressed concerns.

Downing Street also announced a further 29 no-deal notices would be published on Friday afternoon, setting out what businesses and consumers should do in the event of there being no agreement by 29 March 2019.


However, she declined to say whether any end date could be included in the agreement, the final details of which are being decided in Brussels over the weekend.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday evening he is "cautiously optimistic" that progress will be made next week on the negotiations for Britain to leave the EU.

Then, the bad. The DUP are threatening to vote down the budget if May signs up to a compromise they don't like.

"Many of her cabinet colleagues have assured me of their unionism", she said.

Sammy Wilson said: "It was a way of reminding the government that while our vote wasn't important last night, it would be important some time in the future and we would have no hesitation withholding it if we thought that was a necessary sanction to impose".

In a statement Mrs Foster, whose party props up the British government at Westminster, said the European Union plan would effectively mean imposing a trade barrier between the Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

He hit out the "not so subliminal bullying" by Tories opposing her strategy in the middle of negotiations and also criticised International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who declined to give the PM's plan her explicit backing when asked earlier this week.

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