Research shows unionists prefer Brexit over the territorial integrity of the UK

Posted October 11, 2018

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday an agreement with Britain could be "within reach" next week, calling for decisive progress in the talks in time for a summit of all 28 EU leaders.

The details at stake are mainly over how to avoid the return of border controls between European Union member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, amid fears they might put a 1998 peace deal in the north at risk. Michael Russell will be there representing the Scottish Government and is expected to once again sound the alarm about the damage to Scotland's economy a hard or no-deal Brexit would do.

"If we stay on our current trajectory we will go into the next election with the government having delivered none of the benefits of Brexit, with the country reduced to being a rule-taker from Brussels, and having failed to deliver on a number of promises in the manifesto and in the Lancaster House speech", he wrote.

In a series of tweets, Mr Johnson said that the deal would keep the United Kingdom in the customs union and Northern Ireland in the single market, and would mean increased checks on goods travelling between the province and the British mainland.

Writing in the Telegraph, Sammy Wilson MP, the DUP's Brexit spokesman, said Mrs May was pursuing "the road to parliamentary defeat" because his party would vote against any deal that included the proposed backstop. No 10 made clear if the DUP voted down the Budget, Mrs May would not quit.

The DUP has 10 MPs, although Ian Paisley can not vote in the Commons until November 20 after being suspended for failing to declare two family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

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Barnier said Brexit would trigger the need for customs, Value-Added Tax and compliance checks with EU standards between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event that a planned "backstop" were triggered because a future EU-UK trade deal was not sufficient in itself to ensure the land frontier was not a "hard border". The Government has said it will publish revised proposals for the Irish border "in due course".

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Union commissioner for migration and home affairs, said Barnier had briefed the body on the state of play in the negotiations.

Davis told HuffPost UK last month that a "rock solid core" of 40 MPs was ready to vote against their government on Brexit.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a roundtable meeting with business leaders whose companies are inaugural signatories of the Race at Work Charter at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, October 11, 2018.

Barnier said customs forms could be completed in advance online and the "only visible systematic checks" would involve scanning bar codes on lorries or containers on ferries or in ports.

May is trying to clinches a deal but there is uncertainty on whether she could sell it at home, where she will need approval from the British parliament.

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