Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Is the United Kingdom finally close to agreeing a Brexit deal?

Is the United Kingdom finally close to agreeing a Brexit deal?

But DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP has said the plan is a non-starter.

Recent signals from Brussels have buoyed hopes that the United Kingdom and the European Union can agree and approve a proper divorce arrangement before it leaves, though the sides are still divided on about one fifth of the detail of a deal.

As part of the drive to set out the UK's position to the EU's leaders, she used an article in German newspaper Die Welt to explain her stance. "To deny them a voice challenges the basic principle of informed consent", said Lord Kerr, a former top civil servant and former U.K. Ambassador to the European Union in the 1990s, who authored a report published on Wednesday.

"On other issues, such as the Irish question, or the framework for economic cooperation, the UK's proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated", he said.

'I'm not going to be pushed away from doing what is necessary to get the right deal for Britain.

The UK is resolutely opposed to creating a new border in the Irish Sea, separating Northern Ireland from mainland Britain.

May said her Chequers proposal on a future customs and trade arrangement would maintain "frictionless trade" with the bloc, and that it was "the only credible and negotiable plan on the table that delivers no hard border in Northern Ireland and also delivers on the vote of the British people".

May's proposal calls for Britain to remain in a free trade zone with the European Union for agricultural and manufactured goods, that would be covered by a "common rulebook" of regulations after Brexit.


Theresa May's having dinner tonight at the Felsenreitschule, an old theatre in Salzburg well known from the closing scenes in "The Sound of Music".

"Various scenarios are still possible today but I would like to stress that some of Prime Minister May's proposals from Chequers indicate a positive evolution in the UK's approach, as well as the will to minimise the negative effects of Brexit".

"With goodwill and determination on both sides we can avoid a disorderly exit and find new ways of working together". "I am still optimistic".

Irish PM Leo Varadkar appears to share that opinion, telling reporters in Dublin last night: "As things stand, we are planning for a situation in 2021 where there will need to be east-west checks and controls, though not between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland". Barnier says that could be done by checking goods destined for Northern Ireland at companies and markets within the UK. The removal of border infrastructure was a key part of the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland after years of sectarian strife.

The former minister, who resigned when May promised to impose Chequers, will say in a speech to a German thinktank that "many of us will shortly be presenting an alternative plan which will outline a more ambitious vision" and said that the United Kingdom and Europe would be better off if they engaged in friendly economic competition.

But EU officials are also minded not to paint May into a corner, aware that she faces increasing opposition to her plans in her Conservative Party and needs a victory of sorts to try to persuade a reluctant parliament to back a deal.

He told LBC that another public vote would leave people thinking democracy was not being respected.

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