Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

Writing in the Telegraph on Thursday, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said May's backstop proposal was part of a "road to parliamentary defeat for any deal which the Prime Minister brings forward".

Less than six months before the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, there is little clarity about how the world's fifth largest economy and its preeminent global financial centre will trade with the EU after Brexit.

"However, Brussels also wants to place an effective one-way turnstile from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom".

Agreeing on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit is the key hurdle now to sealing a divorce deal between the European Union and Britain.

"An agreement is within reach", he said.

In a odd echo of when the DUP stalled Theresa May's last attempt at a breakthrough in Brussels in December of a year ago, it sounds like the Northern Ireland party might have done the same thing all over again.

MORE: We've come so far - now for the big push He said: "Nearly two and a half years on from the referendum, we are, both on the European Union deal, and on other post Brexit trade deals, still lost in campaign mode on fantasy island".

Ms McVey attempted to sidestep the question once again adding that she was fully supportive of the Prime Minister.

The Northern Irish party is furious with reported plans for Northern Ireland to effectively stay in the customs union and single market during the backstop period.

Theresa May has briefed senior ministers on the status of the Brexit negotiations as concerns grow in some quarters of her cabinet and party that she is prepared to agree an indefinite customs backstop to ensure an open border in Ireland.

The backstop plan being proposed by Mrs May would involve the whole of the United Kingdom remaining in a customs union with the EU while negotiations over a free trade deal take place, which Brexiteers fear could take years.

Democratic Unionist Party Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson told Ireland's RTE radio on Thursday the party's 10 members of parliament would vote against the United Kingdom budget and would consider voting no-confidence in May if the British government crosses the DUP's red lines in Brexit talks.

Theresa May is having a tougher time convincing her own MPs and those of the DUP, who prop-up her government.

But the euro zone crisis, fears in Britain about immigration and miscalculations by former Prime Minister David Cameron prompted Britons to vote 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in a June 2016 referendum.

The Minister said that Ireland would get a full progress report at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Monday and he would meet EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Tuesday ahead of a crucial EU leaders' summit, which starts next Wednesday evening. But EU officials say that May has conceded that it will not contain a firm end date.

Davis told HuffPost UK last month that a "rock solid core" of 40 MPs was ready to vote against their government on Brexit. She'd be ripping up her guarantee to support the PM in the commons.

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