May secures ministers' backing over Brexit backstop

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"If we move to WTO (World Trade Organization) rules, that would definitely require customs declarations so it would be similar in terms of costs", Thompson said when asked about the cost of a no-deal Brexit. But he did underline that the European Union could not accept offering Britain the same "regulatory alignment" terms for easy access to the single market as it was offering to Northern Ireland.

Michel Barnier said in Brussels on Friday that the UK's newly-published "backstop" proposals - an emergency measure created to avoid the emergence of a hard border in Ireland - would not work if they sought to keep the whole of the United Kingdom in the customs union.

Responding, Mrs May told the BBC: "This is a negotiation, Michel Barnier has said exactly that point".

Ireland's ideal scenario would be for Britain to stay in the EU's customs union and single market, ensuring regulation is not a barrier to intra-EU trade.

The Prime Minister also held separate face-to-face discussions with leading Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.

Instead it would see Britain staying tied to the EU's customs union for up to another year after an nearly two-year transition period if there were any delay in implementing a Brexit deal.

But he said: "It is now essential that government makes progress on our long-term customs and other border arrangements".

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"A backstop that is temporary is not a backstop, unless the definitive arrangement is the same as the backstop", he added. The Irish Republic is primarily interested in avoiding a hard border and is likely to accept the compromise, as Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney underscores that it is "vital" that a legally-binding backstop agreement is in place.

"A reduction in British personnel available to work in European Union waters and vice versa. could have a severe impact on the industry, hampering the targets it is forecasting beyond 2025 due to unknown rising costs", the company said.

This arrangement is meant to keep Britain tied to the bloc's customs union after a transition period should there be a delay in implementing a final Brexit deal that has yet to be reached with Brussels. The UK would also be bound by some parts of the EU's Common Commercial Policy (CCP), meaning it would be required to apply the EU's common external tariff (CET) and Union Customs Code at the UK border.

Migrants gathered outside the Asylum Seekers Centre in Tirana said they wanted to find work in a variety of European Union countries, dodging police on the way there.

"In 2019, a different kind of people's vote campaign must be fought, without the mistakes of the past".

Yesterday's agreement is created to provide a "backstop" - a guarantee of no hard border in Northern Ireland should other solutions fail.