Theresa May verging closer to Brexit deal but is facing cabinet resignations

Sammy Wilson MP in the House of Commons

Sammy Wilson MP in the House of Commons

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer says Brexit negotiations with the European Union have become more positive over the past week.

Brexit was a "fundamental, existential issue" and "on that basis maybe some people will obviously consider their position", he said.

Labour demands that Britain retain "the exact same" perks it now has within the EU's customs union and single market - something May's so-called Chequers plan does not meet and which the EU rules out since London chose to leave both.

"We are close, we are nearly there, we just need to be steady for a few more weeks and if we do that the prize is there to be grasped".

Eurostar services from Britain to Europe could stop running in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, it has been revealed.

"But that shouldn't hide the fact that we still have some big differences left to resolve", Hammond said.

"Despite all the so-called no deal planning, the Government has yet to admit that a no deal would require a raft of substantial legislation to be rushed through Parliament, crucial stop gap agreements with the European Union on matters relating to Northern Ireland and security, and the recruitment of thousands of custom officials".

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Chancellor Philip Hammond became the first senior Government figure to suggest that the backstop - created to keep the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic open in the case that no broader EU/UK trade deal is finalised - will "probably" have to come into effect for a period.

The BBC reported that the company was concerned data it generated in the United Kingdom would not be acceptable to the European Medicines Agency after Brexit, though in a statement the agency said it would continue to accept such evidence after Brexit as long as it met its standards.

The Tories rely on the 10 DUP MPs to prop up her minority Government after handing over £1billion of taxpayer cash to guarantee their support.

The DUP is adamant it will not agree to anything which results in imposition of extra customs or regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, writing in the News Letter, said: "The only way to put things back on the right track is to ditch the backstop and then to chuck Chequers".

Brussels wants a more long-term customs solution if talks fail - and reports said May told her Brexit "war cabinet" she was ready to accept the EU's terms.

Mrs Foster said the PM should learn from Margaret Thatcher who "deeply regretted" being persuaded to sign the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, which gave the Irish government a formal say in Northern Ireland affairs for the first time.

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