UK’s former Brexit secretary pours cold water on PM’s deal

POLITICS Brexit

POLITICS Brexit

He repeated that he believed leaders would extend Britain's status-quo transition period after Brexit in March if London asked for that - an issue May raised at the summit.

Michel Barnier told a conference of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in Finland that the EU was in a "fragile" condition but remained vital to protecting Europe's way of life.

Although 95 percent of a Brexit deal is said to be agreed, Britain and the European Union have yet to agree on how to guarantee that there will be no return to a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in future. Any new customs posts on the border could also re-ignite lingering sectarian tensions.

"We're going through crucial days now".

Briefing lawmakers on last week's regular summit, Tusk recalled that European Union leaders had agreed that they would meet again to endorse a deal if their negotiator Michel Barnier judged that enough progress toward a deal had been made.

"The prime minister has told colleagues this week we should aim to conclude the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible but we will not do that at any cost".

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If chosen as "Spitzenkandidat", he would have been in pole position to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president.

"This election will be tougher than those before", Barnier said.

And he said: "We all have to fight against those who want to demolish Europe with their fear, their populist deceit, their attacks against the European project".

"There is now a Farage in every country", warned Mr Barnier.

Europe's incapacity to manage migration has fueled far-right sentiment across the continent and many worry that nationalists might make more progress in May.

To add to the pressure, a leading member of a group of Brexiteer lawmakers in parliament joined with the Brexit spokesman for the small Northern Irish party that props up May's party in government to warn that they could not vote for the deal as it now stands.

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