May says the 'danger' is ending up with 'no Brexit at all'

The National Chris Grayling

The National Chris Grayling

The UK is poised to leave the EU on March 29, two years after it triggered Article 50, the exit clause in the EU's constitution, and kick-started arduous negotiations with European leaders over a divorce deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's aides are believed to be planning to make parliament's approval of her Brexit deal conditional on Brussels providing further concessions, specifically on the thorny issue of the Irish backstop, the Telegraph reported on Sunday (Jan 6).

The rehearsal trialled Manston airfield in Kent as a holding facility for HGVs, before trialling the 20-mile route from the airfield to the Port of Dover to calculate ways to alleviate congestion caused by potential cross-Channel disruption.

The trucks drove around the port of Dover and returned to Manston for a second exercise later on Monday. They then drove again to Dover.

"There will be new customs requirements that could cause particular challenges for roll-on-roll-off ferry ports which handle tens of thousands of [trucks] travelling between the UK and the European Union each day", Maritime UK's David Dingle said early previous year.

The DUP, which May's Conservative Party relies on for a majority in Parliament, has said it would not back the deal.

"This is a taxpayer-funded farce", Moran said.

Ali said: "Inevitably, the contingency plans are for day one only, and in the event of no deal will represent the tip of the iceberg as longer-term plans will be more strategic and extensive than those publicly announced to date".

Pro-Europeans fear Britain's exit from the European Union will undermine the West as it grapples with Donald Trump's unpredictable USA presidency and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China. "At this late stage it looks like window dressing". "All back in the hold area at Manston Airport waiting for the second run".

Facing defeat in parliament last month, May postponed a vote on her deal and pledged to seek further political and legal assurances from the EU.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom faced a moment of "profound challenge" as she urged MPs to get behind her Brexit deal. A vote is due around Jan 15.

The letter has been backed by business organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry, manufacturers' organisation EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

May's advisers are understood to be considering an amendment making approval of the deal subject to the Government obtaining assurances that the Irish backstop, the fallback plan meant to prevent a hard border, will be temporary.

"Don't let the search for the flawless become the enemy of the good, because the danger there is actually we end up with no Brexit at all", May said.

"If we as a new, incoming Labour government were to go to Europe without those red lines we know that we could get a different, better deal and that's what we want to try and achieve".

"The deal that is on the table is the best and the only deal possible", chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters when asked about a phone conversation on Friday between May and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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