Theresa May seeks to answer local concerns with visit to Irish border

23 July, 2018, 18:25 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Pledge Theresa May and DUP leader Arlene Foster during a visit to the Belleek pottery factory in Fermanagh

This goes against the EU's backstop proposal which would see Northern Ireland treated as part of the EU customs union.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will reaffirm her pledge to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open following Brexit, saying the notion of a hard border is "almost inconceivable".

"I think it is increasingly likely (that there will not be a deal), I think that's very worrying, so in the event of that crash, in the event of a hard border, the only security we have is the backstop, that's why we need it written down in legal certainty".

On Friday, Mrs May will deliver a speech in Belfast focusing on how her vision of Brexit, outlined in last week's United Kingdom government white paper, will impact Northern Ireland and the border.

The CBI said the political vacuum left by the collapse of power-sharing in Stormont along with Brexit uncertainty were taking their toll in the region, which is already the poorest performing of the 12 United Kingdom regions.

On Friday she will deliver a speech in Belfast focusing on how her vision of Brexit, outlined in last week's government white paper, will impact Northern Ireland and the border.

And she sent a message to Brussels that the European Union must change its negotiating position in response to the plans for a post-Brexit relationship which she drew up at Chequers.

Brexiteer Mrs Foster insisted Mrs May would come away hearing of the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.


"And, on that basis, I look forward to resuming constructive discussions". "We have seen the publication of the white paper, which was welcome, now the content of that white paper are in serious doubt".

Barnier said he had invited British negotiators to discuss the backstop next week.

"While she doesn't agree with the EU's wording in terms of the proposed Irish backstop to date, that doesn't mean that Britain isn't committed to a backstop".

Mr Davies, a pro-Leave campaigner, said he had lost faith in Mrs May's ability to deliver Brexit, adding: 'Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will nearly certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister and I can not sit back and allow that to happen'.

Instead, she will say that she believes the close regulatory alignment on goods trade as described in her white paper, will meet her commitment to prevent the "inconceivable" eventuality of a hard border.

At the Irish border, business leaders have expressed concern that any division, even as a result of a soft Brexit, would have consequences.

"Our job is not to deal with Brexit in theory, but to make a success of it in practice for all of our people". In my view, it's take this seriously or we are heading for no deal.

Ms Leadsom added: It needs to be quite clear to the European Union, "you've got to come to the table and start negotiating with serious focus and concentration and goodwill because otherwise, we will be leaving with no deal".

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