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Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ministers water down changes to ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Ministers water down changes to ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

Asked about the potential impact of the government failing to secure a Brexit deal, he said: "If we move to WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules that would definitely require customs declarations and so it would be similar types of costs".

In a note published today Westminster has agreed the so called "backstop" created to prevent the return of a hard border should end by December 2021.

After 24 hours of scrambling to keep her Brexit minister, David Davis, on board, Mrs May published what the government called the temporary customs arrangement.

"A backstop that is temporary is not a backstop, unless the definitive arrangement is the same as the backstop", he added.

"What's important now is that we now have a published, agreed piece of government policy", Mrs May's spokesperson told reporters, saying the government was "looking forward" to further talks with the European Union on Britain's counter-proposal.

Ms Morrice is a former head of the European Commission in Belfast and was deputy speaker in the Northern Ireland Assembly after it was established in 1998.

"Details of whether or not the country will have a transition/implementation period are still unclear and there is still no decision on what customs arrangements we will have from March 2019 onwards".

On whether Brexit had changed their minds of the constitutional position of Northern Ireland, 40.6% said that they would continue to support the North remaining in the United Kingdom, despite the EU Referendum.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said it was clear Mrs May's proposals were unworkable, while Best For Britain chief executive Eloise Todd said the backstop plan was "dead on arrival".

Another option would be to remove Northern Ireland from the customs union without a hard border, instead having very light border checks or even none at all. Brexit tensions roiled the British government for the second time in two days Friday June 8, 2018, after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was quoted as saying compromises may bind the U.K.to the European Union for years to come. "The 48 per cent (who voted Remain in 2016) is now over 50 per cent and rising", she said.

"Brussels must hear the voice of the people, this is the biggest lesson from this decision.Europe is strong only if it can give answers to major issues such as Immigration". The UK is yet to suggest what elements of the single market it would stay aligned to.

The former choice will go down poorly with Brexit-supporting lawmakers in the Conservative Party, potentially threatening Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership, while the latter could lead confidence and supply partner, the Democratic Unionist Party, to withdraw its support for the government.

Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons, said the lower chamber will debate the amendments on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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