Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

European Union negotiator, Council chief tell Theresa May: No renegotiation

European Union negotiator, Council chief tell Theresa May: No renegotiation

The UK will take a few days to formulate some proposals to put to the European Union in an attempt to resolve the issue of Irish border arrangements after Brexit, Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday. "We will put those proposals together".

Members of Parliament narrowly voted through two significant amendments to the Brexit plan: one says there should be no "no deal" Brexit, while the other demands the removal of the contentious "Irish backstop" from the withdrawal agreement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and her European counterparts.

However, the EU President Jean- Claude Junker made clear that EU would not accept any other deal than the earlier agreed one which unfortunately, met its ill-fated verdict in the British parliament. "The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation", EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

"But we still don't know what exactly the House of Commons is for".

He said he was suspicious the government was trying to "run down the clock", and if that appeared to be the case when Parliament discussed Brexit again next month, Labour would "look at all the options on the table at that time".

The EU were unanimously opposed to a time limit in the backstop, or a time limit on it.

Mrs Leadsom said she realised it was short notice, but said their constituents "would expect that the House is able to continue to make progress at this important time".

"Leaving the European Union without a deal would be catastrophic for Northern Ireland's farming families and their businesses".

Theresa May has been warned by Labour MPs she can not buy them off to back her Brexit deal with the promise of extra funding for their constituencies.

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Irish police seized a substantial quantity of firearms and a suspected explosive device near the border with Northern Ireland on Friday as part of an investigation into the activities of militant Irish nationalist groups there. "They are not well-versed in details on the EU's functions - but have dominated the public debate and discussions within the Conservative Party".

The last Brexit poll we had came in mid-December just before Theresa May pulled the first vote on her withdrawal agreement.

"It is only right that I give the House notice that there are now no plans to bring forward a motion to agree dates for the February recess, and that the House may therefore need to continue to sit to make progress on the key business before the House", Leadsom said.

At the moment, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union at 23:00 GMT on 29 March, with or without a deal.

The prime minister has put off a new Commons vote on her deal after deciding to push for legal changes to the controversial Northern Ireland "backstop", which is created to prevent a hard border with Ireland after Brexit.

He said that, while the European Union was committed to exploring alternative arrangements for the backstop in the future, the prospect of such arrangements had already been "explored endlessly" during negotiations with the UK.

He says the willingness of Prime Minister May and more than 300 members of Parliament to vote against a deal her own government negotiated shows a lack of realism.

The European Commission has adopted a range of contingency plans to protect the rights and status of students participating in the Erasmus+ exchange programme after Brexit.

However the Irish government quickly rowed back on the remarks and insisted Dublin had no plans to deploy troops to the border.

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