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Ireland British backstop plans are a 'countdown to a hard border' - Brendan Howlin

15:00  12 june  2018
15:00  12 june  2018 Source:   independent.ie

May has 'constructive' talks with Brexit minister over backstop

  May has 'constructive' talks with Brexit minister over backstop British Prime Minister Theresa May had "constructive" talks with her Brexit secretary David Davis, whom she expects to be in his post by the end of the day after a reported disagreement, her spokeswoman said on Thursday. The spokeswoman also told reporters that the government would publish its proposals for a backstop plan to ensure no return to a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland shortly. Government sources said that would be today.

A backstop with an expiry date is not a backstop . It would be a countdown to a hard borderhttps Brendan Howlin Retweeted The Labour Party. It is entirely unclear that the positions being pursed by the British Government have support from Westminster and the evidence we have suggests not.

This will avoid a cliff-edge exit that British and Irish businesses fear and create a smoother path to a future permanent relationship. Both sides, he said, remained committed to the December political agreement that guarantees under the default “ backstop ” the avoidance of a hard Border .

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Frank McGrath © Provided by Irish Independent Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Frank McGrath LABOUR leader Brendan Howlin has said Ireland is facing a drift into the inevitability of a hard border on the island following Brexit.

Ahead of a series of crucial votes in the House of Commons today for Theresa May’s government on the issue Mr Howlin called on the Irish Government to make a clear statement on what it “will do in the event that we simply drift into the inevitability of a hard exit of Britain from the European Union”.

Mr Howlin said he fears “endless fudge until we run out of time” in relation to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

PM averts Brexit crisis after Davis quit talk

  PM averts Brexit crisis after Davis quit talk <p>A "constructive" discussion between the PM and her Brexit secretary seems to have dispelled reports David Davis could quit.</p>The prime minister had a "constructive" discussion with David Davis on Thursday morning, Downing Street said, following speculation her Brexit secretary was ready to quit the government.

Brendan Howlin Retweeted RTÉ News. A backstop with an expiry date is not a backstop . It would be a countdown to a hard borderhttps No, no, no. What we need is a voluntary hard border that Brexiteers can opt in to and everyone else can ignore.

Brendan Howlin Retweeted RTÉ News. A backstop with an expiry date is not a backstop . It would be a countdown to a hard borderhttps Brexiteers: Hard Border in Ireland = Hard Border (and huge tailbacks) in Dover. This Brexit knife cuts both ways.

Theresa May posing for the camera: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie © REUTERS/Yves Herman Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie The plans published last week by the British Government undermines the idea of a backstop and is instead a “countdown to a hard border”, he said.

An issue paper published last week by the UK government which proposed keeping the whole of the UK - and not just Northern Ireland - in line with EU regulations until a permanent future relationship can be negotiated, which it proposed would be 2021.

“Here we are on the eve of an important June summit... and we’ve no landing zone. We have further confusion about what the British government want to achieve,” he said.

  British backstop plans are a 'countdown to a hard border' - Brendan Howlin © getty “We are now in danger of having a Hard Brexit and the worst of all worlds.”

The Tanaiste Simon Coveney will brief the Cabinet today on the status of Brexit negotiations.

Cabinet is also due to get updates on contingency plans being formulated by all departments in advance of Brexit.

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What the papers say – June 7 .
Brexit and violent crime top the agenda.Brexiteers have accused Theresa May of deception after leave-supporting ministers were not shown an important policy document until hours before it was published, The Times reports.

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