No-deal Brexit is 'biggest threat' to Northern Ireland

No-deal Brexit is 'biggest threat' to Northern Ireland

No-deal Brexit is 'biggest threat' to Northern Ireland

UK Prime Minister Theresa May continues to prepare for Brexit by attempting to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, which she told the UK Parliament was the only deal available and which European Union representatives have made it clear they have no intention of amending further.

The backstop acts as a kind of insurance policy to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland (an EU member state), if talks on the future UK-EU relationship collapse.

Mr Varadkar will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker next Wednesday and discuss contingency plans for a no-deal, including issues around trade.

A source in French President Emmanuel Macron's office said Tuesday: "The withdrawal agreement and the backstop are not renegotiable".

"We can't know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen".

MPs and activists who support the People's Vote campaign for a new referendum were deflated this week after MPs rejected amendments created to delay Brexit and allow discussions of alternatives to Theresa May's deal.

At this point, "MPs whose preferred forms of Brexit are considered less likely will have to reconsider; now people are stuck on their first choices, and will have to find somewhere where parliament has a majority", Jill Rutter, programme director at the Institute for Government thinktank in London, told FRANCE 24.

Mr Kingston said a hard Brexit would impact a "whole range of sectors and individual businesses right across Northern Ireland".

"She (May) is taking a risky task going back to Brussels to renegotiate", said Joseph Trevisani, a senior analyst at FX Street in NY.

Brexiteer MPs backed the PM's pledge to rewrite the deal she thrashed out with the European Union in a last-ditch bid to get it over the line. "We will be leaving on March 29", the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

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May emphasised she remained committed to avoiding any new border checks in Ireland.

Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up the Prime Minister's minority Government, today warned the European Union it must "face up to reality" and revise the "toxic backstop".

Goldman still reckons there's a 50% chance of Brexit being delayed.

There was growing anxiety among pro-People's Vote Labour MPs this week that their leader Jeremy Corbyn is close to throwing his support behind a revised version of May's deal with the EU.

But the Backstop backfired, the precautionary insurance in the event of a No Deal came to dominate the negotiations because Leavers/Brexiteers are critical that the Backstop idea keeps United Kingdom in a single market and customs union indefinitely, which, by the way, might suit RoI as they want to remain in EU.

"And when I say I'm going to be focused over the next few weeks until the meaningful vote in parliament at getting that vote through, yes I will".

"But if we are able to make progress sooner, then that might not be necessary".

"Now we're going back to Brussels but we are very unclear about what we're going back to Brussels to do and when I asked the prime minister about this yesterday, she was incredibly vague".

Coveney said Tuesday's vote in the House of Commons, which saw MPs narrowly vote to back an amendment that calls for the Northern Ireland backstop to be replaced by unspecified alternative arrangements, signalled "a turning point" in Theresa May's attitude to the backstop.

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