UK PM faces backlash over Brexit compromise

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Writing in the Belfast Telegraph, Mrs Foster said the DUP wants Mrs May to "stand by her principles and instincts rather than accepting a dodgy deal foisted on her by others".

"Nearly two and a half years on from the (EU membership) referendum, we are, both on the European Union deal and on other post-Brexit trade deals, still lost in campaign mode on fantasy island", Rogers said in a highly critical speech Wednesday in Cambridge.

The Irish backstop measure, created to ensure no new border emerges between Ireland and Northern Ireland, is supposed to be temporary until a UK-EU trade deal can be agreed, and Theresa May pledged earlier this year that the arrangement would expire "at the very latest by the end of December 2021".

"This isn't just one more little compromise from the prime minister to get a deal over the is the litmus test for the taking back control. this is the killer moment", a Cabinet source told BI.

A number of ministers, including Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, were said to have raised concerns during the meeting which lasted around an hour-and-a-half.

SNP Europe spokesman Stephen Gethins said the technical papers should serve as a "wake-up call".

Mrs Foster said the PM should learn from Margaret Thatcher who "deeply regretted" being persuaded to sign the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, which gave the Irish government a formal say in Northern Ireland affairs for the first time.

But for all the cautious positivity coming from the European Union side, May's Northern Irish supporters vehemently oppose any post-Brexit checks between the province and the rest of Britain.

"The prime minister would never agree to a deal which could trap the United Kingdom in a backstop permanently", May's spokeswoman said on Friday.

May hopes British negotiators can strike a deal over the weekend, which she can discuss with the cabinet on Tuesday.

As many as three Cabinet members could resign because of the backstop - Esther McVey and Penny Mordaunt as well as Leadsom - and speculation that disaffected Tories could force their party into another leadership battle, raising the prospect of another general election a no-deal Brexit, and even a second referendum.

In the event of no deal on Britain's EU exit, European energy law will no longer apply to the United Kingdom electricity market.

London has published more than 25 technical notices covering issues from consumer rights and sanctions policy to rail transport and taking horses overseas. While it stated that the likelihood of a deal with regulatory continuity - a so-called "soft" Brexit - was on the rise, a no-deal "hard" Brexit continues to pose significant risks.



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