UK To Refuse Brexit Bill Without Trade Deal

Dominic Raab the new Brexit Secretary begins talks in Brussels on Thursday to deliver Theresa May's new Chequers plan. It's not likely to go down well

"We're creating an worldwide legal treaty, so we need legal certainty and legal clarity".

"We ought to be trying to reassure citizens on the Continent and also here". He later added:"There is no justification for us to create additional burdens for business just because the United Kingdom wants to leave".

Conscious of May's fragile political situation in London, EU ministers were keen not to be harsh on the white paper, that they see as part of the next phase of talks on the future partnership, rather than the urgent negotiations needed to finalise the withdrawal agreement.

"It's not necessarily our backstop".

"Technically we feel that it's workable, we can improve it further, we can work on it".

May also called on Brussels to respond quickly to her white paper plan to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.

"Not simply to fall back on to previous positions which have already been proven unworkable".

Barnier, however, added that "several elements [in the white paper] does open the way a construction discussion on the future".

"You can't have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side".

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After quitting, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson singled out her treatment of the border as the biggest mistake of her negotiations with the European Union for a smooth exit from the bloc next year and risked leaving Britain in a "miserable, permanent limbo".

The poll also found that 16% of voters think Mrs May is handling negotiations well, while 34% believe former foreign secretary Boris Johnson would do a better job.

After the Irish Times sought clarification on where exactly Mrs May would be visiting during her two-day trip to the North, a 10 Downing Street spokesperson provided a response which many have claimed sums up Westminster's attitude towards Northern Ireland.

Equally, she said that a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic was "almost inconceivable".

This leaves the Prime Minister more or less at the mercy of Brussels, as if they do not accept her Chequers plan she is out of alternative options - except, perhaps, not leaving the European Union at all, which she recently threatened was a possibility if Brexiteers did not back her.

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, the return of any form of physical checkpoints or other infrastructure would be "an alien concept".

He also insisted that the responsibility for resolving any outstanding issues rested with the British, since they were the ones who chose to leave - and that they would have to be resolved probably by December, as the process of ratifying any withdrawal agreement in the European Council, European Parliament, and British Parliament would not allow for negotiations to carry on to March 2019, when Brexit is supposed to happen - on paper, at least.

Raab's predecessor Davis and Prime Minister May herself have previously said they would withhold the bill if the European Union denies Britain a trade deal.

This would be based on the Commission's proposal but "not necessarily" stick precisely to the outline released in March, he said.

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