Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

United Kingdom govt drops plan for 'meaningful vote' on Brexit deal - Labour

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Kenny Thornton | 08 June, 2018, 15:00

While a compromise appears to have been reached, the position paper - which is still to be agreed by Brussels - says the United Kingdom only "expects" the new customs arrangements to be in place by December 2021, suggesting the backstop could be extended.

Theresa May has refused to give a guarantee that the government's "backstop" plan on customs after Brexit will not extend beyond December 2021.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: "Our amendment removes Parliament's ability to direct the government in relation to negotiations, which would set a huge constitutional precedent in terms of which branch of the state holds the prerogative to act in the global sphere".

"Is it a workable solution to avoid a hard border?"

Between 29 March 2019, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, and 31 December 2020 the European Union and United Kingdom have agreed on a transition or implementation period, during which time the free movement of goods, people and money can continue.

Mr Davis had refused to support a proposal that would allow the United Kingdom to effectively stay within the EU customs union and single market for an unspecified amount of time as a fall-back position if no border agreement is reached.

"The UK is clear that the future customs arrangement needs to deliver on the commitments made in relation to Northern Ireland".

A temporary "backstop" which would effectively keep the United Kingdom in the EU's customs union should only last a year, the Government has proposed. "Is it an all-weather backstop?"

She added: "We expect that the end-state customs arrangement at the latest will be in by December 2021 and we will be working to make sure that it is in earlier than that".

6 takeaways from the biggest primary night of 2018
It avoided a worst-case scenario where Republicans would stay home for lack of a candidate in the races for governor and U.S. The senate race in New Mexico brought arguably the least drama, as both party's candidate ran unopposed in the primaries.

Brexit secretary was said to be furious and prepared to quit over the issue.

The UK has rejected the EU's proposal - that Northern Ireland remain aligned with European Union rules for a period - saying it would effectively create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

May also held separate meetings on Thursday with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, both leading eurosceptics.

Allies of the Brexit Secretary hailed the inclusion of a date as a victory, but the language is not thought to be legally enforceable.

Senior figures in government are questioning whether David Davis really achieved very much.

"The UK is clear that the temporary customs arrangement, should it be needed, should be time limited", said the document.

Media captionLiam Fox is asked: Who governs United Kingdom tonight?

Theresa May pleaded with Tory rebels to get behind the Brexit legislation, insisting the United Kingdom has a "bright future" after leaving the European Union. Brussels has said that any end date would be unacceptable.

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