May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

EU officials warned to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Prized post-Brexit trade agreements with the United States, China and India would have only a "relatively modest" impact on Britain's economy, according to the government's official forecaster. 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.

Britain's global trade, environment and Brexit ministers told Prime Minister Theresa May at a meeting on Thursday that they are concerned the whole of Britain could remain in the customs union for an open-ended period of time, the BBC said.

His constituency contains the port of Larne, identified by European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier as a place where checks on animals and animal products from Great Britain into Northern Ireland could be intensified in order to prevent a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

He said: "She will not have DUP support regardless of whether the Government tries to bribe, bully or browbeat us into accepting it".

By withdrawing its support, the DUP could make it hard for May to pass legislation through parliament, including the budget which will be voted on later this month.

Mr Wilson said he would "never" vote for a withdrawal deal containing the sort of backstop proposal briefed by Mr Barnier to DUP leader Arlene Foster in Brussels this week.

One complicating factor is that keeping Northern Ireland in the single market would have to be agreed by the Stormont Assembly, which has not met since collapsing in January 2017.

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The issue of the Irish border, the major sticking point, was "close to being settled", it said.

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.

It will follow another Whitehall meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee, which will be attended by Mr Lidington and his colleagues Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, and David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary.

The institute'sreport, highlighting the adverse impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom's services sector, notes the sectorhas driven three-fifths of the rise in UK exports over the past 20 years.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of Brexiteer MPs, said: "It is worth remembering that income tax was introduced as a temporary measure".

Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said yesterday that a deal on the Withdrawal Agreement is "within reach", but only if Britain remains in a customs union with the EU.

Northern Ireland would also remain in the single market for goods. "I sympathize with her on that but there is no answer to that problem", he told the audience.

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