Brexit at last or is it?

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Brexit: the storm makes land

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AIWA! NO!|We have two documents in Downing Street being read tonight: the Withdrawal Agreement (500 pages or so) and the outline political declaration (some four pages or so).
That tells you how much work is still to be done in working out the future relationship. The negotiators haven’t even been able to hand in half their homework. The EU always said it would be like this. Brexiteers sometimes suggested the whole thing – settling the past and mapping the future – could be set out and agreed by now.

There is talk that the plans laid out for the U.K. wide temporary customs arrangement could operate like a sliding scale. You want truly friction-less trade? You have to go for extra rules from Brussels which have a single market flavour. So if you don’t do that, the logic runs, and go for something a little more light touch, that leaves Northern Ireland more subject to checks with east/west trade across the Irish Sea. This might look to some Brexiteers like an EU plan to suck the U.K. into its magnetic and regulatory orbit. And it will look to the DUP, who are sounding very war-like this evening, like the kind of betrayal they were complaining about in the letter to Theresa May – which The Times got its hands on last week.

Ministers now have the challenge of making sense of the detail while not being allowed to take the documents away from No 10. If they choose to resign do they go big picture or hit on a detail? Or do they, as happened at Chequers, go along with sullenly only to walk out a couple of days later?

The storm that has been out at sea for months has started making land. Theresa May has decided this is as good as it gets in the time available. If she can bring the Cabinet onside without major casualties she will take it to the country and her MPs and the Commission will take it to the member states. There will be pained faces and arguments for changes to the text amongst the EU27. There will be much hotter discourse here and it started with a vengeance as the news flashed up of a “technical deal.”

The ERG leadership is deploying lines about betrayal that must box those using them into a rebellion if we get to a Commons vote you would think. And if the DUPs rhetoric is a guide to its actions, inflicting defeat would be like pushing over a house of cards.

But this is day one and the vote, if we get there, could be end of November or beginning of December under government plans.

Northern Irish lawmakers tell Prime Minister Theresa May: Don’t betray the United Kingdom

Northern Irish politicians tell PM May: Don’t betray the United Kingdom

LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Friday cast her Brexit negotiation as a betrayal and cautioned it could not support a deal that divided the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister Theresa May at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Theresa May remembers ‘staunch to the end’ troops on Belgium Armistice visit
Prime Minister Theresa May at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The warning underscores the travails that May faces in getting any Brexit divorce deal, which London and Brussels say is 95 percent done, approved by both her fractious party and by the Northern Irish lawmakers who keep her in power.

Less than five months before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, negotiators are still haggling over a backup plan for the land border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland should they fail to clinch a deal.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: Brexit deal by Nov 21 entirely possible

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|LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters)|AIWA! NO!| – British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday it was entirely possible that there could be enough progress in Brexit talks for a deal with the European Union to be agreed by Nov. 21.

Brexit minister Dominic Raab said earlier in a letter to a lawmaker that he expected a deal to be finalised by Nov. 21, but his department said on Wednesday that there was no set date for EU negotiations to end.

“I think it is entirely possible that we could make enough progress by then,” Hunt said in response to a question about Raab’s letter following a speech at Policy Exchange in London, adding that outstanding issues could be resolved.

“I think that although there is a degree of doom and gloom about the Brexit talks at the moment, the fact that we have got to this stage… is broadly encouraging.”

 

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Chancellor Hammond: “UK Needs Emergency Budget In Case of a No Deal Brexit”

UK would need new emergency budget in the event of a no deal Brexit, Chancellor Hammond warns

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, leaves 11 Downing Street, in central London, Britain March 21, 2018.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, leaves 11 Downing Street, in central London, Britain March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
  • Philip Hammond has admitted there would need to be a new Budget in the event of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal.
  • The chancellor said the Treasury would be unable to fulfil the prime minister’s commitment to end the era of austerity if negotiators failed to secure deal.
  • “We would need to look at a different strategy and, frankly, we’d need to have a new budget that set out a different strategy for the future,” Hammond told Sky News on Sunday.

|AIWA! NO!|Philip Hammond has admitted there would need to be a new Budget in the event of Britain crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

The chancellor revealed on the eve of the Budget the government would need to look at a “different approach” to the future of the UK’s economy if Theresa May fails to secure a deal with the bloc.

He also indicated the Treasury would be unable to fulfil the prime minister’s commitment to end the era of austerity if negotiators failed to secure deal.

Mr Hammond’s remarks were immediately seized upon by the Tory MP and prominent Eurosceptic, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who dubbed the Treasury the “last bastion of Remoanerism” and described the chancellor’s admission as a “punishment Budget.”

Pressed on whether the government would be able to end austerity without a Brexit deal, Mr Hammond replied: “If we were to leave the European Union without any deal – and I think that’s an extremely unlikely situation but of course we have to prepare and plan for all eventualities, as any prudent government would – if we were to find ourselves in that situation then we would need to take a different approach to the future of Britain’s economy.”

He added on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: “We would need to look at a different strategy and, frankly, we’d need to have a new budget that set out a different strategy for the future.”

Asked if Britain would be worse-off after Brexit, regardless of whether there was a deal, Mr Hammond added: “Over my lifetime, people’s living standards have almost doubled and we want to go on seeing that growth in living standards so that we can make good on our promise to the next generation that they too will be better-off than their parents.”

The chancellor also hinted he would use his Commons statement on Monday to provide additional funding to smooth the transition to universal credit amid warnings low income families are being driven into debt.

“I’ve already put over £2 billion pounds into, over the last two Budgets, into smoothing that transition,” he said.

“We continue to look at how this process is working and if we find cliff edges and difficulties, frictions in the move from the old benefits system to universal credit then of course will always try to smooth those out and be pragmatic about it.”

Appearing after Mr Hammond on the same programme, his opposite number, John McDonnell, said he was “really shocked” by the chancellor’s interview, accusing him of having a “callous complacency about this week’s Budget, and the future”.

LONDON BOROUGH Of Camden Residents – ‘People’s Vote’ March Against Brexit

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The GuardianHuge anti-Brexit demonstration throngs central London | Politics | The Guardian

Camden Remainers were out in force at the weekend, as they joined the march for a second referendum on Brexit.

Open Britain Hampstead member Jonathan Livingstone on the people's vote march, with his daughter Celeste and son Victor. Picture: Open Britain Hampstead
Open Britain Hampstead member Jonathan Livingstone on the people’s vote march, with his daughter Celeste and son Victor. Picture: Open Britain Hampstead

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|Open Britain Hampstead, Camden for Europe and the borough’s Lib Dem party were part of the 700,000-strong crowd who called for a “people’s vote” on the Brexit deal or if a deal isn’t struck between the government and the European Union.

The march is one of several that has taken place against Brexit, although this is thought to be the largest.

“This was not about grandstanding politicians – this was about ordinary local people who have extraordinary personal stories behind their opposition to Brexit,” said Sarah O’Keefe, organiser of Open Britain Hampstead.

Lib Dem Cllr Luisa Porrit (Belsize) said: “Our borough, which overwhelmingly voted to Remain, needs councillors from all parties to stand up for what is in our best interests locally and nationally.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez: “Britain Will Be PUNISHED For Brexit HISTORIC HORROR”

‘HISTORIC ERROR’ Spain PM blasts Brexit and says Britain will be PUNISHED for mistake

SPAIN’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called Brexit a “historic error” in a bid to warn against those wanting independence in Catalonia.

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La MoncloaPedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, president of the Government of Spain
LAURA MOWAT, EXPRESS|AIWA! NO!|Mr Sanchez claimed Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) will leave it with less influence on the world stage, branding Brexit a “tragedy”.
He said that the Brexit outcome is particularly important in Spain due to the number of Spanish people living in the UK, the fishing industry in  and the businesses sharing links to the UK.

He said: “Unfortunately, it was not possible to reject the request of the U.K. to withdraw from the EU.

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“Brexit is a tragedy for the British and for the Europeans.”

Brexit is a tragedy for the British and for the Europeans

Pedro Sanchez

Speaking to Catalonians, who voted for independence from Spain in October last year in a non-binding referendum, he said: “Let’s take note of foreign mistakes, let’s learn from the historic error which Brexit represents for the United Kingdom and think about the prosperity of our citizens.”

He added: “There are more things that unite us than those that separate us, let’s give priority to the union of Europe and Spain.”

In a cutting remark, Spain’s premier said people in the UK spend 24 hours a day thinking about Brexit and “the Europeans think about it for four minutes every trimester”.

Mr Sanchez said Spain will need to put emergency measures in place if there were to be a no-deal Brexit and called the EU divorce a “tragedy”.

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The Catalonian referendum ignited the nation last year (Image: GETTY)

Mr Sanchez told the UN Brexit brings an opportunity for a new relationship between the UK overseas territory Gibraltar and the EU.

Spain and UK authorities are exploring bilateral arrangements regarding Gibraltar following Brexit.

Mr Sanchez said: “The Gibraltar protocol is resolved, it’s been closed with the British government, and what we are doing now is working out the four memorandums for the bilateral relationship between the government of Spain and the UK.”

The International Air Transport Association has warned the number of flights between the UK and Spain could collapse by 95 per cent if no Brexit deal is agreed.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May ‘Very good progress’ on Brexit at Brussels summit

Prime Minister says deal can be achieved ‘by working closely’, before making case to EU leaders

Theresa May arriving for the European Council summit in Brussels.
Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

READ RELATED: May faces EU leaders as Brexit talks stall|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA NO!|Theresa May has said she thinks a Brexit deal is achievable with hard work from both sides.

The Prime Minister was in an optimistic mood as she walked into the European Council building, in Brussels, for crunch talks. The Prime Minister hopes to strike a deal with the European Union in the coming days and weeks but admitted it would not be easy.

‘What we’ve seen is that we’ve solved most of the issues in the withdrawal agreement,’ she said. ‘There is still the question of the Northern Irish backstop … by working intensively and closely, we can achieve that deal. ‘Now is the time to make it happen.’ The EU has demanded a ‘backstop’ to ensure there are no customs posts or other controls along the currently invisible border between the UK’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

READ RELATED: Brexit: Theresa May ‘may not have to depend on DUP votes’

Mrs May is hoping to convince EU member nations her plans for a friendly divorce are workable despite previously being told by them to go back to the drawing board. She met with Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, and European Council President Donald Tusk, earlier today.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she still believed it was possible to conclude a ‘good and sustainable’ agreement but stressed Germany also is preparing for the risk of a no-deal departure.

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