BORIS Johnson has been warned today by an ally of Emmanuel Macron EU politicians will block any Brexit deal that doesn’t have the backstop.
The new Prime Minister has said he wouldn’t sign a deal with Brussels that includes the Irish border backstop but has been told this cannot be amended.
Nathalie Loiseau, French former Europe minster, said the MEPs wouldn’t accept a deal with no backstop[/caption]
Nathalie Loiseau, French former Europe minster, said MEPs wouldn’t allow the backstop to be changed or deleted, even if EU leaders agreed to it.
Speaking on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she said: “You have changed Prime Minister but we have not changed our minds.
“Three years of suspense is a lot and maybe too much.
“The way the UK wants to leave the EU – you have a choice, the House of Commons has a choice.
“There is the withdrawal agreement which is on the table which has been negotiated and decided by the previous government, or there is no deal.
“Let me say it clearly – there is nothing in between because you have the British parliament but we have the European Parliament and we will not ratify a withdrawal agreement without a backstop.”
The current deal has been rejected three times by MPS, and Mr Johnson has said he would ideally remove the problem of the backstop.
If no agreement is reached then the UK could crash out of the EU with No Deal and no trade talks.
What is the Brexit backstop and what would it mean for the Irish border?
The backstop plan is essentially a safety net if there is no Brexit trade deal.
It would avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Also, it would ensure that no “tariffs, quotas, rules of origin or customs processes” would be applied to UK-EU trade – keeping Britain in a single customs territory with the EU.
This would also leave Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods – meaning good crossing the border would not be subject to checks for customs or product standards.
But it is unclear if the UK would be able to strike free trade agreements with other countries while the backstop endured.
And it is feared the UK would end up being trapped in the customs union for years, preventing the country from being able to strike its own trade deals on goods with countries outside the EU.
Michael Gove, the minister responsible for the No Deal contingency planning said No Deal was “now a very real prospect”.
The group – comprised of MR Gove, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Steve Barclay, and Geoffrey Cox – will meet every Monday to chart Britain’s course out of the European Union.
Writing in The Sunday Times, Gove warned that ministers do not believe the EU will back down by reopening Brexit negotiations.
He said: “We still hope they will change their minds, but must operate on the assumption that they will not.”
Mr Johnson previously vowed to take the UK out of the “prison” of the EU by October 31 “do or die” as he blasted Theresa May’s “gloom and morosity”.
He revealed his plan A, B and C for getting Britain out as soon as possible – and promised to scrap the current PM’s hated withdrawal agreement.
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In an interview with talkRADIO he said: “We are getting ready to come out on October the 31st. Come what may. Do or die.”
Insiders say the government will go “hell for leather” for no deal to see if the EU “blinks” and ditches the hated backstop.
Chancellor Sajid Javid today announced a spending blitz to prepare for No Deal.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, the Treasury Chief pledged to bring in “significant extra funding” to ensure businesses are “fully ready to leave” on Halloween.
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