Varadkar: I oppose border poll in wake of a no-deal Brexit BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Taoiseach has declared his opposition to a border poll in the immediate aftermath of a no-deal Brexit. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/varadkar-i-oppose-border-poll-in-wake-of-a-nodeal-brexit-38381324.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/article38381321.ece/11d90/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-08-07_new_52386907_I1.JPG Email The Taoiseach has declared his opposition to a border poll in the immediate aftermath of a no-deal Brexit. Leo Varadkar told an audience in west Belfast that it would not be constructive and could be defeated, or could win by only a slim majority. He was taking part in a leaders' debate at Feile an Phobail with Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald, DUP MP Gregory Campbell, UUP MLA Doug Beattie, Alliance leader Naomi Long, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan and Fianna Fail parliamentary party chairman Brendan Smith. During the debate, Mr Cambpell strongly defended the DUP's … [Read more...] about Varadkar: I oppose border poll in wake of a no-deal Brexit
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News / UK and world by Press Association August 1, 2019, 2:41 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said everyone in Ireland and the UK should be afraid of a no-deal Brexit. Mr Varadkar also rejected criticism that he was engaging in “project fear”-style rhetoric over a united Ireland after Brexit. DUP leader Arlene Foster said the Taoiseach needed to “dial down the rhetoric”. Last week Mr Varadkar said moderate unionists and nationalists could question being part of the UK if they were forced into a hard Brexit. Mrs Foster accused him of behaving “crassly” towards victims of the Northern Ireland conflict in the past. “He needs to dial down the rhetoric, he needs to recognise the mandate of the Prime Minister and he needs to engage. He needs to get engaged and he needs to find a way forward.” But speaking in Kilkenny on Thursday, Mr Varadkar said: “In … [Read more...] about Everyone should be afraid of a no-deal Brexit, says Varadkar
SIR – It is generally agreed that Theresa May has not played her hand very well when it comes to negotiating Brexit, but at least she has retained a vital card: the ability to walk away with no deal. It would be a catastrophic error to throw away this card. It may not be strong enough to persuade the EU to drop the backstop, but it is the only card in town. That discarding it is Jeremy Corbyn’s first objective indicates what a hopeless negotiator he would be. Denis Protheroe SIR – Taking the threat of “no deal” off the table would be akin to a union wage negotiator saying: “Whatever happens, we won’t go on strike.” Alan Bailey SIR – The Chancellor and other Remainers are listening to businesses, not voters. But which businesses? Big businesses adore the EU. They know how to lobby to get their interests represented, and rules written in their favour. They have legal and compliance departments, so dealing with reams of red … [Read more...] about Letters: Taking a no-deal Brexit off the negotiating table would be an error of catastrophic proportions
THE Netherlands is being swamped by applications from Britain’s banks wanting to flee the prospect of a no deal Brexit. Officials at the Dutch central bank said they are locked in talks with around 50 financial institutions thinking of relocating from the UK. The announcement, just a week before MPs vote on Theresa May’s deal, will heap further pressure on rebels thinking of voting the package down. Dutch central bank spokesman Tobias Oudejans said licensing authorities which deal with relocation applications are “a lot busier than usual”. He added: “Virtually every kind of financial institution we supervise in our country is represented in these talks.” There have been repeated warnings that Brexit would lead to an exodus of banks from London to the continent, but few have so far made the move. Last week the German lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance claimed 30 financial firms have chosen the city as their new EU headquarters. They said that meant … [Read more...] about Holland swamped with applications from British banks to relocate from the UK if there is a No Deal Brexit
THE chances of a no-deal Brexit are looking increasingly likely with Theresa May potentially facing a no-confidence vote. Some have warned of chaos if we crash out of the EU without an agreement - but just what does a no deal mean for the UK? What is a no-deal Brexit? A no-deal British departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship. Currently Britain's trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies. Ministers are seeking a legal deal to replace these with looser arrangements so we are outside the single market and customs union but keeping close ties so cross-border trade is easy. Negotiations are ongoing under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the UK's exit on March 29, 2019. Some fear these talks could collapse without a deal agreed before the deadline. This could mean the UK being treated as a "third country" by the EU with commerce governed by World … [Read more...] about What is a no-deal Brexit, when might a deal with Brussels be agreed and what happens if a deal with the EU is not signed?