Secretary of State pens open letter to Northern Ireland over Brexit deal

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On top of that, the "plus" bit of Norway-plus would involve a customs union with the EU, which, combined with the single market elements, would avoid a hard border with Ireland.

The voting on a Brexit-deal struck earlier between the United Kingdom and the European Union will take place in the House of Commons on December 11.

MPs needed to consider if they preferred the alternatives, including the softer Brexit Norway-style option or another referendum that risked reversing the 2016 result, said Ms Rudd.

There is also resistance within Europe about the possibility of an economy the size of the United Kingdom joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) along with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

"Instead of ploughing on with this botched deal, the Prime Minister should set new negotiating priorities that will see businesses in Bradford have continued access to vital European markets for both goods and services, assurances that we will not fall behind the EU in workers' rights or protections for consumers and the environment, and sufficient guarantees on national security".

The Work and Pensions Secretary became the first Cabinet minister to publicly discuss the merits of a "Plan B" if Mrs May crashes to defeat in Tuesday's crunch Commons vote.

"At the same time the protocol also contains legally binding commitments that both the United Kingdom and European Union will take the necessary steps to ensure the backstop is temporary".

And Who's On The Other Side?

Leave supporters view Norway-plus as "Brexit in name only" because it keeps the United Kingdom tied to Brussels' rules, a customs union would restrict Britain's ability to strike trade deals around the world and there would be no end to the free movement of EU migrants to the UK.

So It's The Old Leave/Remain Split Once Again?

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In a report published on Friday, the People's Vote campaign described it as "politically unrealistic", adding "the ship has sailed".

Does Norway Have Any Say In This?

Norwegian MP Heidi Nordby Lunde told The Guardian it was "not an option".

She claimed her views reflected those of the governing party, despite Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg saying Norway would examine a United Kingdom application. "Sometimes the more gungho Brexiteers can't understand why it is so difficult but those of us who came from the point of saying 'this is going to be really hard, are you sure you really want to do it?' are enormously admiring of the fact she has got an agreement that is a compromise but works".

'It might be in your interest to use our agreement, but it would not be in our interest'.

Even if the upcoming vote failed, the UK PM would have a chance to develop a new deal with better terms; if she doesn't manage to do, so she would also have to stand down, the Daily Telegraph reported, citing Cabinet ministers.

If the United Kingdom made a decision to leave the European Union on the same terms as Norway, it would mean introducing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

For all the people in Northern Ireland, this means continuing the progress over the past two decades under the Belfast Agreement, supporting our business community to thrive, ensuring a good deal for our agricultural and fishing industries and providing a safe, secure and prosperous society for future generations.

So What's The Bottom Line?

There isn't one but here's that video we promised you. "I know that she will see us through this".

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