The long good-bye: Theresa May's Brexit transition plan could last for years

Minnie Murray
October 28, 2018

If passed, it would mean that Mrs May's Brexit deal would only be accepted if the public had voted on it beforehand.

The Treasury has announced £8 million in funding to help customs brokers train new employees to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. "They will have their full say over it".

"People want a deal".

'But we believe a killer amendment like this could be our only chance. The second problem is that such talks should start only after Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to scotch a growing rebellion against her Brexit plans Monday, saying a divorce deal with the European Union is 95 per cent complete and urging fellow lawmakers to "hold our nerve" during the hard last push in negotiations.

"It seems to me that by saying the transition would only be extended by a few months, it could be a sign that the government is reverting to its original position, in which it had initially offered a transition period of two years".

Disagreement over a fallback plan for the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member state Ireland is the major sticking point in the Brexit talks.

"From our point of view, what Ireland is looking for is what we have always been looking for from day one and what has been committed to by us and the UK Government in principle and in writing on a number of occasions now", said Mr Varadkar.

Earlier on Sunday, the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, conceded that Conservative backbenchers had become jittery about the Brexit negotiations but insisted "now is the time to play for the team" as speculation about May's leadership swirled.

May opposes this because, she argues, it amounts to splitting the United Kingdom into different customs zones.

'Valid consent requires the government to set out the final version of Brexit and allow people to weigh up the risks and benefits.


So we need to draw up an insurance policy, quickly, which can be used in the event of the prime minister's deal failing to make it through parliament. Companies are stopping investments in the UK.

'If you think the current state of affairs is bad, just imagine what it would be like if there's no deal. Medical research collaboration with Europe is ending.

THERESA May's Brexit plan could leave Britain tied to the European Union for YEARS after we've officially left, ministers have been told. Is this really a price worth paying?'

She will tell MPs that since last month's fractious summit in Salzburg, "important progress" has been made on issues like security, transport and services.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, but London and Brussels have not reached an agreement on their divorce terms and a smooth transition to a new relationship.

But EU leaders, who see the backstop as essential should talks over the future relationship falter, are unlikely to welcome the stance.

"It's worth pointing out the legislation's goal: it is necessary to provide the Northern Ireland civil service with the certainty and clarity they need to continue to deliver public services", he told reporters.

The prime minister said she didn't want that to happen, but noted it may be useful for certain situations.

The plan to force through another vote will pile more pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to throw his full support behind another referendum.

"The prospect of Britain facing shortages of perishable food and medicines provided a bleak backdrop to the cabinet discussions, as Mrs May urged her ministers to back her attempts to secure a breakthrough".

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