This article originally published in January has been updated. Three times this year the UK parliament has voted down the Brexit deal negotiated by London and Brussels, and approved by the other 27 EU governments. Deadlock over the path ahead has brought down Prime Minister Theresa May, and twice forced a delay to the UK's scheduled departure date from the EU. It has now been set by EU leaders for October 31. British parliamentary approval for the exit deal is one of the conditions necessary for its terms to take effect. Without it, the default legal position is that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without an agreement. The deal consists of two parts: a Withdrawal Agreement covering the terms of the UK’s exit, and a Political Declaration setting out a framework for future relations. Boris Johnson has pledged to renegotiate the deal as prime minister, and take the UK out of the EU by the end of October "come what may". European leaders have repeatedly ruled out … [Read more...] about What’s in Theresa May’s Brexit deal and why is it so unpopular?
Unionists issue budget threat to brexit deal
Philip Hammond has rejected claims the government is offering extra cash to Northern Ireland to get the DUP to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The chancellor said “that’s not where the discussion has been at all”, although he acknowledged that funding issues would come up in the forthcoming spending review. Mr Hammond, who was involved in talks with DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds on Friday, said the discussions had focused on preventing a regulatory border in the Irish Sea.Persuading the 10 DUP MPs to back the deal is viewed as crucial by ministers as they believe allaying the unionists’ concerns about the Irish backstop will help swing Tory Eurosceptics behind the prime minister.One option being considered is a “Stormont lock” written into law so that any new regulations imposed on Northern Ireland would either be adopted by the entire UK or not at all, the Sunday Times reported.Mr Dodds is also reportedly again looking for a cut in air … [Read more...] about Brexit: Philip Hammond rejects claims of bribe to DUP
Brexit threatens the prospect of a stable all-Ireland economy and all that has been achieved towards reconciliation between the islands of Ireland and Britain. The minority in the North pursuing Brexit at any cost should take time to consider the consequences of their actions and focus on the economic benefits of either remaining within the EU or, at least, accepting that the ‘backstop’ is the least worst economic position. The opportunities available to us in either of these scenarios – continuing unfettered trade with both Britain and the EU – also opens up the prospect of a restored Assembly and Executive seeking the transfer of additional fiscal powers to Stormont.What this requires is a stable Assembly based on equality, respect and genuine power sharing, with a full suite of fiscal powers which would enable us, in co-operation with Dublin, to build a vibrant all-island economy, by jointly devising a blueprint for economic recovery and stability for the … [Read more...] about ‘Brexit is a threat to the all-island economy and to reconciliation’
0 Have your say First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has a lot to contend with at the moment, but took time out of her busy schedule to express outrage at story featured on the front page of the Scotsman this morning. We reported that senior Scottish Conservative sources indicated that the party’s bloc of MPs at Westminster will block any moves by Theresa May to allow the Scottish Government a formal role in post-Brexit trade talks. READ MORE: Scottish Tories block trade role for Scottish GovernmentMs Sturgeon took to Twitter to write: “For much of last 20 years, Scottish Tories have tried to reinvent themselves as pro devolution. “This story is latest reminder that it’s actually an inflexible unionism that drives them. In what other country would elected MPs argue against greater influence over key decisions?”The story is a reminder to both the Scottish Government and the UK Government that the Scottish Conservative group can not always … [Read more...] about Analysis: Blocking trade role shows increasing power of Scots Tory MPs