Liam Fox: UK must be able to withdraw from Irish backstop

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 9, 2018

But she stresses that she would never allow a divide between Northern Ireland and Britain to "come into force".

The Democratic Unionist Party said it appeared the Prime Minister was prepared to break her promise never to agree a deal which could separate Ireland from the UK.

However, Brussels has demanded an insurance policy to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

The UK Prime Minister relies on the support of the DUP's 10 MPs for her Commons majority, votes which may become crucial as she attempts to get a deal through Parliament. Your letter has raised a series of issues about the nature of the backstop.

The EU has made concessions on the biggest hurdle in the talks - the Irish border backstop or an emergency fix to ensure the frontier there stays open regardless of how Brexit goes - but there are still differences on the life span of such a solution, a review mechanism or the depth of regulatory alliance under the all-UK backstop, which has been sought by London.

A leaked letter from the UK Prime Minister to Mrs Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds set out Mrs May's approach.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg told The Times: 'None of this works at all.

The prime minister wrote: "They want to maintain a Northern Ireland-only "backstop to the backstop" in case the future negotiations are unsuccessful".

A senior UK Government source said that reports in the European media that a deal could come in the next few days should be taken "with a very large pinch of salt". She will hold meetings today with French president Emmanuel Macron and Belgian prime minister Charles Michel.

Should that be possible, European Union and British Brexit negotiators would recommend that "decisive progress" has been achieved in Brexit talks and the European Union would call a special summit of its 27 national leaders to endorse it.

In response to the emergence of the letter, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister's letter sets out her commitment, which she has been absolutely clear about on any number of occasions, to never accepting any circumstances in which the United Kingdom is divided into two customs territories".

"The Government will not agree anything that brings about a hard border on the island of Ireland".

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