Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

DUP: ‘Looks like we’re heading for no-deal Brexit’

DUP: ‘Looks like we’re heading for no-deal Brexit’

Senior ministers are on standby for an emergency Cabinet meeting to approve a Brexit withdrawal deal as hopes rise that agreement with Brussels could be in sight.

Mr Johnson dismissed suggestions that the arrangement would lead the way to a Canada-style trade deal, arguing that the joint UK/EU political declaration on the future relationship due to be released alongside the withdrawal agreement will be "worthless".

The meeting came as hopes of a special Brexit summit to finalise the withdrawal agreement in November appeared to be receding.

May will try to garner support from her cabinet on Tuesday (6 November) when it comes to the so-called backstop, which United Kingdom government sources say is now the only outstanding unresolved issue.

At a news conference in Slovakia, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier reiterated Brussels' support for Ireland's position on a backstop arrangement, as he repeated an overall Brexit deal has yet to be reached.

Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, told the Daily Telegraph that owners should go to the vets as soon as possible to get their pet's documents in order if they want to travel to the European Union after Brexit day at the end of next March.

But the spokesman cautioned: "Don't be under any illusion, there remains a significant amount of work to do".

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Prime Minister on Monday that he was ready to consider a review mechanism as part of a "backstop" arrangement to keep the border with Northern Ireland open after Brexit.

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There would be an "exit clause" from the customs union in a bid to convince Brexiteers that it is not a permanent arrangement as May looks to secure votes to get the deal through Parliament, added the paper.

But he made clear that he would not accept an arrangement which gave the United Kingdom unilateral powers to ditch the customs union without the agreement of Brussels.

Jeffrey Donaldson, an MP from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's government, said Dublin's refusal to budge could scupper a deal.

Mr Matheson, speaking in Treasury questions, said: 'The Government's own figures demonstrate between a 2% and 8% hit on the broader economy on Brexit, so isn't it the case that there is no form of Brexit that won't have a massive impact on the public finances and therefore on public services?'

A cabinet meeting can be called at any time but it is now expected that the deal will be signed off in December's European Union summit.

Mrs May is understood to view the mechanism as a means of allaying the concerns of Conservative and DUP MPs who want guarantees that any future membership of a customs union is temporary.

All pet owners are now being told to ensure they have the correct health protection documents in place for the possibility of a no deal Brexit.

Talks are stuck on how the United Kingdom could exit a so-called backstop arrangement that guarantees there will be no...

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