LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will tell Parliament on Monday that 95 percent of UK divorce agreements have…
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will tell Parliament on Monday that 95 percent of UK divorce agreements have now been resolved but will reiterate its opposition to the European Union’s proposal for land borders with Northern Ireland.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May is holding a press conference at the EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, 1
8 October 2018. REUTERS / Yves Herman / Files
Some of the toughest criticism so far over her Brexit plans after two sides failed again In order to reach an agreement at a summit last week, May will try to calm the passions in Parliament, where her strategy has angered euroceptors and EU supporters alike.
With just over five months until Britain leaves the EU, talks about a disagreement about the so-called Northern Irish backstop, an assurance to ensure that it will not return to a hard border on the island of Ireland if a future trade relationship is not agreed on time.
But Mays’s attempt to unlock the conversation by considering an extension to a status-over transition period beyond the current proposed end date in December 2021 has further moved passions at home.
In an effort to highlight how much progress has been made in more than a year of talks with the EU, she will tell Parliament that the government has agreed on everything from Gibraltar to future security in the last three weeks.
“With all this together, 95 percent of the recall agreement and its protocols are now settled,” she says as outlined from her statement to Parliament.
The European Council President Donald Tusk and UK Prime Minister Theresa May speak when they arrive at a group photo at the ASEM Summit in Brussels on 19 October 2018. REUTERS / Yves Herman / Files
“The form of agreement on the vast majority of The revocation is now clear. “
However, the revocation or terms of the UK divorce can not be signed until the two sides agree on the Northern Irish backstop.
At a summit in the EU last week, such an agreement seemed as far as it did months earlier, with EU officials and diplomats saying that May had not offered anything new to unlock the conversation.
Since then, MAY’s proposal to extend the transitional period has done little to calm the anger of euroceptors in the ruling conservative party, fearing that she leads Britain to an agreement that makes Britain a “wheal state” EU.
On Sunday, Brexit minister Dominic Raab drove the proposal forward and said that London could accept such a move if the EU released its proposal for a backstop, which may say that it would wear Northern Ireland from Britain.
May will reiterate its opposition to the EU proposal – for Northern Ireland to remain in the Customs Union, which potentially creates barriers to trade with the rest of Britain, as she tries to mitigate growing frustration among her parliamentary partners, a Nordic Irish party.
“As I wrote last week, the original EU backstop proposal was one that we could not accept, as it would mean creating a customs limit down the Irish Sea and breaking Britain’s integrity,” she said.
The European Council President Donald Tusk and UK Prime Minister Theresa May speak when they arrive at a group photo at the ASEM Summit in Brussels on October 19, 2018. REUTERS / Piroschka van de Wouw / Files
“I do not believe anyone British Prime Minister could ever accept this. And I do not. “
Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing Kirsten Donovan
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