Theresa May unwilling to give ground on Brexit plan

Theresa May unwilling to give ground on Brexit plan

Theresa May unwilling to give ground on Brexit plan

"It would obviously be less favourable for Ireland than an indefinite backstop, but much more advantageous than no-deal Brexit".

It aims to ensure that, whatever else happens, there will be no return to a visible border between NI and the Irish Republic after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Mr Czaputowicz said that London and Dublin were "playing chicken" over the border and risked a "head-on collision" in which Ireland stood to "lose the most".

Half (50%) of those asked said they would support a delay, while half (50%) said they opposed the idea. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has ruled out Poland's proposal (see 12:20 p.m.) that limiting the backstop to five years could help break the impasse on Brexit.

"I can understand why a Polish minister would be concerned that we need to find solutions in relation to avoiding a no-deal Brexit, because there are many Polish people living in Ireland and indeed the UK".

Time is running out to secure a deal, with the United Kingdom set to exit the European Union on March 29.

Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney was adamant over the weekend the backstop - meant to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic - was an essential part of the Withdrawal Agreement.

Dublin was accused of acting to "treat the Brits harshly" while Leo Varadkar attempts to maintain his vice-like grip on the Brexit negotiations by insisting on an unrestricted backstop, which British critics say could mean the United Kingdom is tied to the EU indefinitely through a customs union.

The prime minister is expected to tell the Commons on Monday afternoon that she plans to return to Brussels to seek a substantive shift from the European Union on the Irish backstop in order to win round pro-Brexit MPs to her deal.

Ms Cooper told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that she believed the Prime Minister was hoping Parliament would rule out no deal on her behalf.

Prime Minister Theresa May returns to parliament on Monday to make a statement on how she will proceed with Britain's departure from the European Union after her deal was defeated by lawmakers last week.

Members of the EU27 have expressed their frustration with Theresa May while rejecting a game-changing renegotiation of the Irish backstop and calling for a convincing "plan B" that could win round parliament to a Brexit deal.

The only glimmer of hope she offered for May amounted to a clear restatement of the government's position - if the United Kingdom shifted its red lines of exiting the customs union and the single market, that might address some of the concerns the backstop is created to cover, she said.

At present, goods and services are traded between the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland with few restrictions.

The East Belfast MP said "unless and until" there were substantial changes to it, the DUP would continue to have problems with the withdrawal agreement.

He said he believed any of those were a "runner" that would ensure the constitutional status of the United Kingdom as a whole.

Sensible plan as cross party talks quickly fizzled out.

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