Theresa May says will not agree Brexit deal 'at any cost'

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay

Brexit-backing MPs say the plan, referred to by officials as a "backstop" proposal for managing the Northern Irish border in the event a trade deal can't be reached, would leave the United Kingdom a colony because the country would be subject to European Union laws and regulations but without any say over them.

According to accounts by political editors from The Spectator magazine and the BBC, there may be another cabinet meeting later in the week in which a deal could be reached that is likely to be acceptable to the EU.

Officials at the attorney general's office and the Brexit department are now drawing up plans for a system by which the United Kingdom could end a temporary customs arrangement with the European Union without Northern Ireland being treated separately.

At the end of the three-hour meeting, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab left Downing Street telling reporters: 'Thumbs up'.

"On the Northern Ireland backstop there are a number of issues that we still need to work through and these are the most hard", a spokesman for the prime minister said afterwards.

They will need to work out the details of the backstop review mechanism by the end of the week if a deal is to be concluded this month.

The Irish government said the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach had discussed a "review mechanism" in which the backstop could be ended by mutual consent. "For now, we are still negotiating and I am not, as I am speaking to you this morning, able to tell you that we are close to reaching an agreement", he told Belgian broadcaster RTBF on Tuesday.

People Burn Grenfell Tower Effigy At Bonfire Party In Sickening Video
At one point, one person said: "Didn't it start of the 10th floor?" "It can not be justified on any level", she added. Cheering can be heard when the effigy collapses. "I am disgusted that people would behave in such a hateful way".

It comes after Brussels looked to calm Brexit concerns by telling traders London will remain a key finance hub - even if Britain tumbles out of the bloc without a deal.

"The reality is that we need a November summit more than the European Union do", a government source said.

"We will need to be satisfied in the negotiations that we have achieved the best deal that we possibly can for the United Kingdom", he added. But that goal has been complicated by May's intention to take Britain out of the EU customs union and single market.

The whole process could cost up to £200, says the British Veterinary Association, who warned that vets could struggle with the massive flood of demand if Britain fails to get a deal.

Treasury minister Mel Stride told the Commons that the analysis would be presented in "good time" prior to the crunch vote on whether to accept or reject Theresa May's deal with the EU.

"Such an outcome will have serious consequences for the economy of the Republic".

Mr Stride responded: 'We are in the middle of a negotiation, at the appropriate moment when we know exactly what the deal is that is available that we have negotiated then we we will of course come forward with a full and comprehensive analysis of both the fiscal and economic impacts of that deal'.

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