Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Varadkar threatens to block United Kingdom planes from Irish airspace

Varadkar threatens to block United Kingdom planes from Irish airspace

May flew to Northern Ireland on Thursday for a two-day visit to see up close the troubled British region's frontier with EU-member Ireland, which has become one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

In the event of a hard no-deal Brexit, the European Union wants a backstop that would effectively create a border down the Irish Sea between the island of Ireland and Britain, something Mrs May has repeatedly opposed.

But, if implemented, it would effectively create a border down the Irish Sea between the island of Ireland and Great Britain. As a committed unionist, Theresa May has stated again today in unequivocal terms that no prime minister could agree to such an arrangement, however hypothetical.

"The economic and constitutional dislocation of a formal "third country" customs border within our own country is something I will never accept and I believe no British prime minister could ever accept", May said in her speech at Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Mrs May will say that following the publication of the Government's white paper agreed at Chequers, it is "now for the European Union to respond".

The border issue is politically perilous for May.

As the Irish Times sought clarification on where exactly Ms.

Mr Johnson quit Mrs May's Cabinet on Monday last week, declaring that the plans for the UK's post-Brexit relations with Europe which she set out at Chequers would leave Britain a "colony".

The first step of a trade bill establishing the legal basis for Brexit has cleared the lower house of the British parliament with a vote of 317 in favour and 286 against. She identified the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy as a good opportunity for the pharma industry, although there remains scepticism and low awareness of the plan within the sector itself.

"Contingency planning for the worst possible outcome is not a sign of mistrust in the negotiations", it said.

"The proposals on the table satisfy nobody, which is why more and more members of the public know the only way to sort out this political mess is to take back control of the process with a People's Vote on a final Brexit deal".

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May denied suggestions that a no-deal Brexit was more likely.

And he left no doubt of his intention to put himself at the head of Tory backbench forces demanding a return to Mrs May's original red lines of total withdrawal from the customs union and single market in order to allow Britain the unfettered ability to forge trade deals around the world.

"It is a matter of frustration and regret that after enjoying the longest period of unbroken devolved government since the 1960s, Northern Ireland has now been without a fully-functioning Executive for over 18 months", the Prime Minister said.

He warned the United Kingdom a number of its requests could not be compatible with the EU's four freedoms - free movement of goods, services, capital and people - and raises a number of serious concerns.

Following a meeting with Barnier, new UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab rejected suggestions the UK's position "hangs by a thread", and said "we're getting ready at home for the domestic preparations that we're making".

The Frenchman said: "We need a backstop, perhaps not our backstop, but there will be a backstop".

"Problem is, I don't think that she's in charge anymore".

Britain's MPs in the House of Commons read out the results of a vote on the so called new clause 17 amendment, marking the Government's first defeat on the Brexit Trade Bill, Tuesday July 17, 2018.

The two-day visit was formally announced earlier today.

She said the rhetoric from Mrs May around protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts and preventing hardening of the border "is just that, and is superseded entirely by her instinct and desire" to play to the Brexiteer gallery and to the DUP.

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