Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells United Kingdom parliament

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells United Kingdom parliament

"I think you're looking at no-deal or no Brexit and the only way your get no Brexit is if there's another vote and I wouldn't put any money on another vote happening either".

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier spoke yesterday afternoon about the possibility of a Brexit deal still on the table. So now we're clinging to the intangible benefits which are 'more trade, ' who with?

"We have to sit down with the British and find out how much room of manoeuvre they have", the source added. He said on Sky that the current plan already prevents Britain from leaving in "a clean way" and that concerns about no deal are overblown. "None. How many countries on April 1st next year will have no trade deals in place - one".

Brexiteer Commons leader Andrea Leadsom also put some pressure on May, saying the European Union must be told the Chequers blueprint, which has divided the Conservative Party, is the "final offer" rather than an opening gambit. "But we need an operational backstop now in the Withdrawal Agreement, not later".

Barnier's statement will have done little to assuage Breixteer concerns that the Prime Minister - who backed Remain during the European Union referendum - is saying one thing to the British public and another to the Brussels elite.

While May is trying to convince Brussels to make concessions on Northern Ireland, she is also trying to shore up support in her Conservative Party after her "white paper" proposals sparked cabinet-level resignations last week. He said Ireland will play an active role in supporting the European Union taskforce in its work.

In a joint statement, Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and Steve Bates, chief executive of the BioIndustry Association, said, "Today, Parliament has sent a clear message that patients and public health should be a top priority for the Government in these negotiations".

"I would simply say that Brexit can not be and will not be a justification for creating more bureaucracy", he said.

Politicians have warned that the re-imposition of physical infrastructure when it becomes the EU's external border would anger Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland who aspire to unification with the Republic of Ireland and help militants opposed to the peace deal to recruit new members.

"She said she told Mrs May it was"'grossly irresponsible and wreckless" to row back on a commitment to the backstop agreement.

She is vehemently opposed to any proposal that would keep Northern Ireland inside a customs union with the EU while the rest of the United Kingdom leaves.

He said Ireland is not interested in division or separation and there are a number of elements in the UK's White Paper on Brexit that could form the basis of negotiations "that might provide a framework" for how these matters might be dealt with in the future.

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