Best for Britain Campaign to Strive for Referendum on Brexit Final Deal

Frederick Owens
June 10, 2018

Her spokesman repeated her determination to avoid a customs border inside the United Kingdom after Barnier made clear the European Union views that as a possibility. His foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said both Ireland and the EU had "stressed that substantial progress on the backstop is needed before the June European Council".

Answering questions after a speech in London, Mr Davis also hinted at his frustration the Government's promised Brexit white paper had not yet been published.

Mr Barnier also rejected the idea of a time limit on the backstop which Downing Street has requested, an issue that almost led to the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Migrants gathered outside the Asylum Seekers Centre in Tirana said they wanted to find work in a variety of European Union countries, dodging police on the way there.

The government decided not to change an amendment that would force it to try to negotiate a customs union with the EU that is shaping up to be the most contentious vote in parliament next week, an official with the opposition Labour Party said.

The Best for Britain called on the country's Prime Minister Theresa May to present her clear proposals in autumn on the country's future after the withdrawal, as it was unacceptable "to hold the country hostage" of internal governmental divisions.

"We have a Cabinet that is completely and totally divided so there is no plan for what the negotiating position is going to be", pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry said.

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But it is likely the main focus of the meeting of the world's seven wealthiest industrial nations will be dominated by discussions around the United States president's controversial trade strategy.

His chief of staff, Stewart Jackson, tweeted Thursday that there had been a "helpful dialogue" and the paper now included more detail on "the time limited nature of our proposal".

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer described the PM's concession as "embarrassing".

"Instead, with the threat of a cabinet resignation, Theresa May has signed up to a flawed proposal which is inconsistent with her earlier commitments". If it looks like and sounds like a customs union, it is a customs union.

Minister Theresa May unveiled a one-year "backstop plan" for the Irish border on Thursday.

But, under pressure from her DUP allies at Westminster, the prime minister dismissed the plan, explaining it threatened the "constitutional integrity" of the UK. It stated that the aim of the future trade negotiations would be to address the challenge of the Irish border through the overall EU-UK relationship.

The Brexit referendum resulted in the United Kingdom triggering Article 50, meaning they'll leave the European Union next March.

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