BREXIT LIVE: Downing Street DEMOLISH Barnier deal claim – Take with a BUCKET of salt!

BREXIT LIVE: Downing Street DEMOLISH Barnier deal claim - \Take with a BUCKET of salt!\
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is running out of time to reach a Brexit agreement with the European Union, with the chances of a deal being struck dwindling by the day.

Ms. May had hoped to secure a withdrawal agreement with the EU over the weekend and have it approved by EU leaders at a special summit this month. Negotiations ran into the early hours of Monday morning, but no deal was reached and the EU has signalled that the special summit will not take place.

This was a Manchester mauling; a derby mis-match that confirmed the gap between these two sides. Yes, United were still in it until the 86th minute when substitute Ilkay Gundogan scored Citys third goal but the nature of it merely highlighted the gulf. There were 44 passes leading up to the goal and every City player was involved. United did not get close and, as with the two other goals they conceded, were at fault with Nemanja Matic failing to track Gundogan as he ran onto Bernardo Silvas pass before stroking the ball home from close-range past a helpless David De Gea.

As the talks ground to a halt, Ms. May faced more disgruntlement at home, raising concerns that even if she strikes a deal, it wont get the required parliamentary approval. On Friday, Transport Minister Jo Johnson resigned over Ms. Mays Brexit strategy. On Monday, his brother, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, levelled a broadside at the Prime Minister, calling her approach shameful and urging more cabinet ministers to revolt; Britain is on the verge of signing up for something even worse than the current constitutional position, he wrote in The Daily Telegraph. These are the terms that might be enforced on a colony.

With the Manchester derby over Pep Guardiola wrapped an arm around Raheem Sterling before upbraiding him out on the pitch. The Manchester City fans loved the step-overs in the dying seconds, the oles gleefully rang around, but the manager did not. Not at all. There was no need to mock Manchester United in that way. The score-line, the dominance, the 12-point advantage in the Premier League, the condemning of eighth-placed United to a negative goal difference had done it already.

In this Oct. 24, 2018, file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May listens during a meeting inside 10 Downing Street in London.

The England head coach got what he wanted. It was the movie that Twickenham wanted, too, a thriller that could have been scripted by Alfred Hitchcock and even if it left them bereft when a hair-line call by TMO Marius Jonker denied them what looked to be a legitimate, match-winning score from Sam Underhill, they had great value for money.

The main sticking point in the talks is the fate of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The boundary has been virtually non-existent since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended decades of sectarian violence known as the Troubles. The United Kingdom, EU and Ireland have said they dont want to see the return of a hard border, but cant figure out how to make that happen once Britain is out of the bloc. The EU and Ireland are insisting on what is known as a backstop, or guarantee that no matter what Brexit deal is struck Northern Ireland will remain in the European Single Market, which allows for the free flow of goods and services throughout EU member states. Ms. May has insisted that Britain cannot accept an arrangement that treats Northern Ireland differently, and hard Brexit backers in her Conservative Party caucus wont tolerate any part of the United Kingdom remaining in the single market, arguing that would defeat the purpose of Brexit.

The service was one of many events worldwide marking 100 years since the end of World War 1. In France, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said the grim weather was fitting for an occasion that was not a ­celebration of victory but a ceremony marking the end of four years of ­horrific bloodshed.

Ms. Mays officials said on Monday that a deal was close but acknowledged there were still substantial issues to overcome with regards to the backstop for Northern Ireland. There could still be time for an EU leaders summit this month if Ms. May and the EU can conclude a deal by Wednesday, the officials said, but few expect that to happen. The EU has another leaders meeting set for mid-December that could approve a Brexit deal, but it would leave little time for ratification by parliaments in Britain and EU member states before the U.K. leaves the EU on March 29. The EU released a short statement saying intense negotiating efforts continue, but an agreement has not been reached yet.

The impression is of a never-ending Brexit crisis, one that erodes trust in democracy. Mr Brown thinks the situation could become so dire that Britain will end up holding a second referendum – with the prospect of this country rejoining the EU in the future. It is significant that three out of four living former prime ministers – Mr Brown, Tony Blair and John Major – alight on a national plebiscite to solve the Brexit conundrum. This is not without considerable risks. The Tories spent months saying no deal is better than a bad deal. The British public might, given the chance, take them at their word. If MPs were to refuse to support a Brexit plan, or to ask for more time to get a better deal or to vote for a general election, there would be chaos. Given those foreseeable circumstances, it would be foolish to rule out another referendum.

A group of politicians representing four parties from Northern Ireland has also increased the pressure on Ms. May by insisting that she accept the EUs backstop proposal.

We dont see any positive outcome from Brexit, Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle ONeill said during a news conference in London on Monday. So, in all of this mess the only guarantee that we have, the only certainty that we have, and its far from ideal, is the backstop.

If MPs say the deal is not good enough and ask ministers to return to Brussels to get a better one, even if that requires more time to do so, then that is what Mrs May must do. This might cost her the leadership – though given her instincts for self-preservation she might call the bluff of Tory hardliners by withdrawing article 50 to head this off. Given past events, it would be unwise to discount the improbable as impossible. Key will be Labours response: it could offer its own softer version of Brexit and seek support from Tory MPs. It is hard to see how the Conservative benches would support a Labour plan after rejecting their own leaders proposal. But we live in interesting times.

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Stephen Ferry, a member of the legislative assembly for the Alliance Party, said Ms. May had ignored the concerns of the people of Northern Ireland, the majority of whom did not vote for Brexit. Most people in Northern Ireland either want [to remain in the EU] or to have the backstop, he said, adding that a no-deal Brexit would damage the local economy, which relies heavily on unfettered access to the Irish market and the free movement of people. If we have a no-deal scenario, the whole viability of Northern Ireland could be undermined.

Mrs May has yet to convince her colleagues that she has a workable plan for what happens when this country leaves the EU, let alone where it is eventually going. The ambiguity is the point: Mrs Mays pitch to the Brexiters is that they ought to wear her temporary fudge while a Canada-style free-trade deal is negotiated. By this ruse Mrs May clings to power. She does not deserve to. The last Labour prime minister, Gordon Brown, today aptly quoted Winston Churchill in a thoughtful speech to describe, accurately, Mrs May as being decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.

The group did not include representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), one of the largest in Northern Ireland and a strong supporter of Brexit. Ms. Mays Conservatives do not have a majority in the House of Commons and rely on the 10 DUP MPs to stay in power. However, DUP Leader Arlene Foster has also raised concerns about Ms. Mays strategy and signalled that the party may not support the final deal if it includes the backstop. Ms. Foster is opposed to anything that would cut Northern Ireland off from the rest of the United Kingdom, and the DUP, which is backed largely by Protestants, fears the backstop could lead to a reunification with the largely Catholic Republic of Ireland to the south.

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On Monday night they were due to meet for eve-of-Cabinet drinks at Dr Foxs office to discuss concerns that Brussels is refusing to back down over the issue of a customs "backstop" with the EU.

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They were expected to be joined by Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General and Penny…

Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson called again on Sunday for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to change course on Brexit, accusing her of forcing through a deal to keep the country locked in the EU's customs union in a "total surrender."

Sterling tumbled to a 1-1/2 week low of $1.2827 on fears of a possible no-deal Brexit that many investors fear will weaken the West, panic markets and block the arteries of trade. It recouped some losses after the Financial Times said the main elements of a Brexit treaty were ready, though May’s spokesman said the report should be treated with scepticism.

It was the latest call by Johnson, a key figurehead in Britain's campaign to leave the European Union, for May to drop her so-called Chequers plans in favour of negotiating a clean break with the bloc and securing a free trade deal similar to the one the EU recently sealed with Canada.

Both sides want the border to remain invisible after Brexit but London says a suggested solution that would see the whole UK remaining in a customs area with the EU must have a clear time limit. Brexiteers fear the UK could be trapped indefinitely in the EU’s embrace, thereby frustrating British voters’ wishes.

His comments come days after his brother, fellow Conservative lawmaker Jo Johnson, resigned as a transport minister over Brexit.

Boris Johnson said he agreed with his brother that the Brexit talks were "the biggest failure of U.K. statecraft since Suez" when Britain lost control of the waterway in the 1950s.

"I really can't believe it but this government seems to be on the verge of total surrender," he wrote in his weekly column in the Telegraph newspaper.

"I want you to savour the full horror of this capitulation … we are on the verge of signing up for something even worse than the current constitutional position. These are the terms that might be enforced on a colony."

Both sides want the border to remain invisible after Brexit, but London says a suggested solution that would see the whole U.K. remaining in a customs area with the EU must have a clear time limit. Brexiters fear the U.K. could be trapped indefinitely in the EUs embrace, thereby frustrating British voters wishes.

Johnson accused the government of being unable to negotiate a way to end unilaterally a so-called backstop arrangement, designed to prevent the return of border controls between the Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and EU member Ireland.

British Prime Minister Theresa Mays Brexit strategy came under attack from all sides on Monday, putting in doubt her ability to steer any agreement through Parliament and raising the risk of a disruptive no-deal exit from the European Union next March.

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Such a failure would turn Britain into "a vassal state" until the bloc decided to move on to trade talks, he said.

I think its the worst of all worlds, former education minister Justine Greening, who supported staying in the EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum, told BBC radio, adding that she did not think there was any chance it could get through Parliament.

"It is frankly hard to see why they should," he wrote, adding that May's Chequers plans, named after her country residence, were very much alive despite widespread criticism.

"The essence of the idea — that the UK should remain in the customs union and the single market for goods and agri-food — is what the backstop entails. And you can be absolutely sure that this idea will be at the heart of the 'deal' that I have no doubt the prime minister will shortly and magically secure."

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Johnson's latest Brexit-related missive to May came on the same weekend France and Germany's leaders hailed the reconciliation and co-operation shared between European countries since the end of the First and Second World Wars and the creation of shared institutions such as the EU.

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Johnson has long been rumoured to covet the keys to 10 Downing Street and has become one of May's fiercest rivals since quitting her cabinet in July.

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