Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Brexit deal will need clear approval by United Kingdom parliament: Raab

Brexit deal will need clear approval by United Kingdom parliament: Raab

May was preparing to address other EU leaders one day after European Council President Donald Tusk implored her to present new ideas for resolving the tricky problem of how to keep the land border between the Republic of Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland friction-free once Britain no longer is an EU member.

But the idea is controversial among May's eurosceptic Conservative MPs, who fear it is simply a way of delaying Britain's exit.

May also mentioned "working intensively over the next days and weeks" to achieve agreement that avoids a no-deal departure from the bloc on March 29 that could create chaos at the borders and in the economy.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, welcomed what he said was Mrs May's constructive tone but added that she had offered "nothing new" of substance.

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel said: "I'm able to come as often as we need to find a solution but I'm not here to just to come and have a cup of coffee and some shortbread".

European Union leaders warned Wednesday there must be more progress in Brexit negotiations, despite hearing a personal plea by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she was open to a longer transition phase to unblock the talks.

Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, said: "Mrs May's acceptance of an extension to the transition period will take us to the next General Election which may mean we never leave at all".

The two-tier option would mean that the EU's original plan for a safety net, which would keep Northern Ireland in the Customs Union for an indefinite period of time, would be implemented until the United Kingdom agrees on a trade deal. "The last stage will need courage, trust and leadership on both sides", she said.

Member states were also asked to work with even more vigour on planning for a "no-deal" Brexit, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte revealed.

'As I see it the only source of hope for a deal for now is the good will and determination on both sides.

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But, he accused Mrs May of offering "nothing substantively new in terms of content" towards reaching a deal.

The European Union is ready to extend Brexit's post-divorce transition period by a year to allow more time to find a trade deal, diplomats said Wednesday ahead of a hard summit.

Although Barnier said the two sides need "much more time" to work "calmly and patiently" on a deal.

Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite claimed the Prime Minister didn't have a "strong mandate".

'I think that was clear on Sunday afternoon, that what we got from Michel Barnier was that the spirit of the talks on Sunday were not promising any progress before the summit this Wednesday'.

But Labour's Sir Keir Starmer said his party did not accept the choice facing Parliament was between "whatever deal Theresa May cobbles together or no-deal".

Protesters will begin assembling from midday on Saturday on Park Lane in central London before descending onto Parliament Square where speakers will deliver in support of a People's Vote from 2pm onwards.

But with no sign of progress, a senior European Union source said: 'A November summit is not a given, only if the conditions are met will the decision be to hold the summit there.

A Cabinet source said yesterday that despite May's refusal to give in to European Union demands, ministers were very anxious by what she said to the House of Commons earlier that day, telling BI: "Pizza club should be interesting tonight".

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