Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Guy Verhofstadt says Brexit deal is "zero per cent" complete

Guy Verhofstadt says Brexit deal is

Many business leaders and investors fear internal party politics could scupper an agreement, thrusting the world's fifth largest economy into a "no-deal" Brexit they say would spook markets and clog up the arteries of trade.

Several Sunday newspapers said mutinous MPs were preparing a fresh bid to topple her leadership this week.

"The fact is the people spoke".

He said: "Scotland's MPs will be critical in the fight for a People's Vote".

In a reference to the hundreds of thousands who marched through London on Saturday calling for another European Union referendum, May said: "It will mean not giving in to those who want to stop Brexit with a politicians vote - politicians telling the people they got it wrong the first time and should try again".

"That's what's coming from people, not from me, but from people on the ground".

Ministers have told civil servants to accelerate plans for legislation to try and protect businesses and citizens in the event of a no agreement deal with Brussels.

But the withdrawal agreement, or the terms of Britain's divorce, can not be signed off until the two sides agree on the Northern Irish backstop.

But negotiators are at loggerheads on how this pledge will be translated into a legally binding commitment.

But she will add: "As I set out last week, the original backstop proposal from the European Union was one we could not accept, as it would mean creating a customs border down the Irish Sea and breaking up the integrity of the UK".

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The governing body also said it had "formally reminded Mourinho of his responsibilities", although the Portuguese escaped a charge for his part in the row . "It was the end of the story with me in the minute he apologised".

While willing to consider extending the UK's transition period beyond 2020, she said this was "not desirable" and would have to end "well before" May 2022.

The premier also attempted to explain the hard situation in regards to Brexit negotiations, claiming that "The British spend 24 hours a day thinking about Brexit and the Europeans think about it for four minutes every trimester". And they are strained as well because of Northern Ireland.

Asked about Mr Baker's amendments earlier on Monday, Ms Bradley insisted the bill was not created to change policies.

The issue of the Irish border could theoretically lead to a "no-deal" Brexit, which could create chaos at the borders and in both the European Union and British economies after Britain leaves the bloc at the end of March.

"Can you say with confidence that sufficient border staff, vets and food safety inspectors have been recruited to ensure there are no delays and no food shortages as a result of a no deal Brexit", she demanded. It is early days.

Director General Alexandre de Juniac said failure to put such measures in place "could mean chaos for travellers and interrupted supply chains".

"I see any extension, or being in any form of backstop, as undesirable".

"We're starting by reassuring everybody that there is a floor here below which we can't fall".

"That is, we have a backstop that gives us an assurance that there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland no matter what happens, that that backstop is legally operable and that applies unless and until there is a new agreement". Rebel ringleader Steve Baker has tabled a series of amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill on Wednesday which would block officials from putting any trade or regulatory barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom in an attempt to prevent the Government signing up to the EU's "backstop" proposals to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

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