Theresa May puts the brakes on customs union deal with Brussels

Theresa May puts the brakes on customs union deal with Brussels

As I have said many times October 2018 was going to be a big month but it looks like it might be bigger than I thought.

But she said she did not think the two sides were "far apart", adding: "I continue to believe a negotiated deal is the best outcome for the United Kingdom and the EU and that such a deal is achievable, and that is the spirit in which I will continue to work with our European partners".

Mrs May told MPs progress had been made on Northern Ireland but two problems remain - the EU's demands over the Northern Ireland backstop and the need for a time limit.

People familiar with both sides of the negotiation told Bloomberg earlier that the biggest obstacle was to avoid a border emerging on the island of Ireland without erecting one between Northern Ireland and Britain.

But negotiations ended without a breakthrough, including on the issue of trade to and from Northern Ireland, which has emerged as a possible deal breaker and even a threat to Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership.

"We can not let this disagreement derail the prospects of a good deal and leave us with a no deal outcome that no-one wants", May told parliament.

Johnson, who regularly uses his newspaper column in the Daily Telegraph to excoriate May's Brexit plan, said the EU's border backstop amounted to "a choice between the breakup of this country or the subjugation of this country, between separation or submission".

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Exhausted diplomats in Brussels have taken to calling this stage of the Brexit negotiations "The Tunnel".

"If true to her principles Mrs May would not and should not choose the path to effectively cut Northern Ireland adrift".

Often called the "divorce agreement", this text will take the form of a legal treaty and it must be agreed quickly to allow the British and European Union parliaments to ratify it.

Carmakers are already triggering contingency plans for a no-deal with BMW bringing forward the date of its annual shutdown to 1 April, just after the Brexit date at the end of March.

Asked whether there is still room for the European Union to compromise on the so-called "Irish backstop", Mr Varadkar replied: "We're always open to compromise".

"Whether we do (it) this week or not, who knows?"

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"The difference in a no-deal is that the changes will be greater and they won't be quicker".

Mr Wilson confirmed his party's view that a no-deal Brexit was "probably inevitable". "It's a dynamic situation".

It is particularly important because the European Union won't agree to a transitional period after the Brexit date in March 2019 until the backstop is in place, which is why it could end up stalling negotiations.

He told reporters "a backstop can't be time-limited", adding: "The backstop will be there unless and until something else is agreed, but unless you have something to replace it well then the backstop needs to be there as an insurance mechanism".

"I think we are frustrated but we're still pretty calm about that".

"I think everyone would have liked to have seen clarity this week on the withdrawal agreement". Time is moving on.

He said a "real effort" had been made over the past 10 days by the two negotiating teams so that a set of recommendations would be ready for this Wednesday.

"We want to see an outcome here that settles nerves and allows us to move ahead with a managed, sensible Brexit".

Several said there was little chance the leaders would give Barnier new instructions. She stressed that the backstop can not be a permanent arrangement.

Mr Corbyn said Mrs May's "blindfold Brexit" was a "bridge to nowhere" and a "dangerous leap in the dark".

"Given the way in which the European Union has behaved and the corner they've put Theresa May into, there's no deal which I can see at present which will command a majority in the House of Commons", said the party's Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson.

To ease these concerns, the idea of a backstop was proposed to act as a form of safety net which would be used in the event that a plan is not agreed between both sides.

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