Brexit: Labour too divided to back Norway-style deal, says Starmer

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.

In a coded warning to pro-EU Labour MPs, Starmer said there were "very divided views" in the party about a Norway-style model and he was "injecting some honesty about where we are in the party".

The inclusion of the December 2021 date in the latest government document on the Temporary Customs Arrangement, as it has become officially known, is thought to have been a response to demands for a clear time limit from Brexit Secretary David Davis.

May's ministers are split on what kind of customs deal Britain should seek from the European Union ahead of a summit of the bloc's leaders which will try to make progress on the stalemated Brexit negotiations this month.

Over a quarter of recipients said the UK's Brexit vote made them more inclined to vote for a united Ireland.

"We respect Britain's red lines". After much toing and froing, the technical document on a "temporary customs arrangement" was published this afternoon (7 June), Catherine Feore looks at what lies within.

Nearly 5,000 people have called for Northern Ireland to stay in the European Union after Brexit.

"Our backstop can not be extended to the whole U.K.", Barnier said.

Under its "backstop" proposal, there would be no tariffs, quotas, rules of origin or customs declarations on all UK-EU trade, not just trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Theresa May has insisted the backstop customs proposal which triggered a Cabinet row would be time-limited - but refused to give a guarantee that it would not extend beyond December 2021.

The document published by the United Kingdom states that the backstop option "will be only in place until the future customs arrangement can be introduced" and that "the United Kingdom expects" this to happen by the end of December 2021.

In a morning of speculation at Westminster, Mr Davis's chances of resigning - and delivering a damaging departure from Mrs May's cabinet - had earlier been judged at "50-50" by a source close to the Brexit secretary. It would have signed us up to the rules of the EU Customs Union (a central pillar of Brussels rule) if it was ever activated.

Barnier has proposed that Northern Ireland effectively stays in the single market and customs union following Brexit, a suggestion that has prompted claims that the EU is seeking to annex Northern Ireland.

Michel Barnier questioned whether the U.K.'s proposals to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland would work because they are time limited. "A people's vote must be held before March 29, 2019, to decide our country's future", the organization said in its roadmap.

Best of Britain chairman Lord Malloch-Brown cut short a phone interview after clashing with TalkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer when she challenged his claim that European Union doctors and nurses were no longer coming to work in the NHS because of Brexit.

The row escalated as Sir Alan Duncan, minister at the foreign office and deputy to Boris Johnson, raised the possibility of a second Brexit referendum on the final deal.

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