May acknowledges no-deal Brexit would cause some 'disruption'

Barry Gardiner Shadow secretary for international trade on 26 September 2016

Barry Gardiner Shadow secretary for international trade on 26 September 2016

"There are potentially two approaches: have a joint political declaration which is very much clear to the last point or to have a political declaration which while registering an agreement on a number of issues, leaves a certain space for negotiations in the future on a number of issues".

The Times reported that Mr Barnier was preparing to insist that any political declaration agreed with Mrs May on the future relationship can not easily be unpicked by her successor.

Recent signals from Brussels have buoyed hopes that Britain and the European Union can agree and approve a proper divorce arrangement before it leaves, though the sides are still divided on about one fifth of the details of a deal.

Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O'Neill said the backstop must not only be maintained but "built upon to ensure the north remains in the customs union and the single market".

"If we are to get out of this mess, and get the great British motor back on track, then we need to understand the Irish backstop, and how it is being used to coerce the United Kingdom into becoming a vassal state of Brussels", he added.

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Hammond has been criticized by some Conservative Party lawmakers who say he wants to keep Britain too close to the EU. "We can also clarify that most checks can take place away from the border, at the company premises or in the market".

He said the Irish "backstop" must be "legally operational" and respect the UK's constitutional integrity, a pledge will reassure the prime minister and her cabinet allies.

The news comes as ministers released a raft of documents revealing the effects Brexit could have on ordinary people if no deal is struck.

The party's stance on Brexit is expected to be debated at the gathering and Mr Lammy said: "A People's Vote is not only the right thing to do for jobs, public services and the future of our young people - it's the best way to get a radical Labour government".

The issue has been seized upon by populist leaders like Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a campaign issue ahead of next May's European Parliament elections. "I hope we will be able to find practical solutions". What we are talking about here is not a land border, not a sea border, it's a set of technical checks and controls, just about all of which cannot be put other than in a physical place in Northern Ireland. Earlier in September former skills minister Nick Bole suggested the United Kingdom should take up temporary membership of the EEA and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) following EU withdrawal in 2019 to allow time for a free trade agreement to be negotiated.

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Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday that newspaper reports of Brussels proposing a technical fix to the issue of the Irish border could allow for a breakthrough on reaching a Brexit deal.

Who supports it? The eurosceptic European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg and claiming the support of 60 or more Tory backbenchers, has given backing to this option - often referred to as Canada-plus - which is also Mr Johnson's preferred outcome.

"It's then that we shall see whether the agreement we are hoping for is within our grasp", Barnier said.

He said: "The European Council in October will be the moment of truth".

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