Theresa May gives United Kingdom the "hard facts" of Brexit

by Abel Hampton March 5, 2018, 1:40
Theresa May gives United Kingdom the

Appearing on the BBC this morning, The Tánaiste Simon Coveney is "not sure" the technological solution would "actually protect the integrity of the European Union single market".

The British prime minister has ruled out the return of physical infrastructure on the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019, insisting that this commitment was "absolutely clear".

He said: "This isn't a question of either side wanting to put up borders, but if you have to protect a functioning single market, just the same way Britain wants to protect its own single market, well then you have to understand that if goods move from one customs union to another then there needs to be some checks unless there is some mechanism that is negotiated and put in place that prevents that".

Leo Varadkar, speaks outside Stormont House, in Belfast, Northern Ireland February 12, 2018.

"We both want good access to each other's markets".

Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she still hoped to build support for staying in the EU's single market and customs union - which May has ruled out.

THERESA May said it is "important to be straight with people" as she defended her blunt vision for Brexit laid out in her key speech this week.

Ms May admitted Britain would not get everything that it wanted - acknowledging "there are choices to be made, there are some hard facts to be faced".

"When someone definitively says something will be the case from the British government, people assume that is the negotiated outcome".

However, he was unclear whether this would mean outsourcing the UK's trade policy to the EU.

"While of course we will explore and look at all of the proposed British solutions, they are essentially a starting point in negotiations as opposed to an end point", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Separately, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell - an architect of the peace accord that ended hostilities in Northern Ireland - said the risk of violence if Brexit led to a hard border between the province and the Republic of Ireland is high enough that leaders should take action.

Sturgeon tweeted that May's speech "must set out exactly HOW she intends to achieve her (seemingly contradictory and unachievable if we leave single market/customs union) objectives".

Theresa May has used a landmark speech on Brexit to hit back at the EU's refusal to offer Britain a bespoke deal after it leaves the bloc.

"But if we didn't accept it, there'd be an arbitration mechanism, an independent arbitration mechanism, so that people would look at it and say actually, you know what, if the United Kingdom doesn't accept that, does it make any difference to the trading relationship?"

The DUP said the "sensible" idea should be the basis for negotiations now going on in Brussels. Manfred Weber, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the European Parliament, said May had her "head in the sand", while the assembly's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt called the speech a "few extra cherries on the cake".

Dr Wollaston told BBC Radio 4's The Week in Westminster: "The objective of signing amendments often is to get the Government to talk to you and to come up with their own proposals. and compromise".


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