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IrelandVaradkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update

13:00  09 september  2019
13:00  09 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Irish government has said Brexit trade deal talks should not proceed until there is a firm commitment to preventing a "hard" Irish border . Taoiseach ( Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said the assurance must be written down before the talks move on. "Before we move to phase two talks on

The impact of Brexit on the Irish border refers to changes in trade, customs, immigration checks, local economies, services, recognition of qualifications, medical cooperation, and other matters, following Brexit and thereby the Republic of Ireland–United Kingdom border on the island of Ireland becoming

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update
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The beleaguered U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in Dublin on Monday for talks with his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, as he presses ahead with his hardline plan to leave the European Union "do or die" by Oct. 31. Varadkar demanded “realistic, legally binding and workable” alternative arrangements for the Irish border if an agreement is to be reached.

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Leo Varadkar says UK had agreed a form of words on border , and Ireland is disappointed at lack of He said Ireland could not go into a second phase of Brexit talks without "firm guarantees that there will not be a hard border in Ireland". Mr Varadkar said the UK had agreed a text that met Irish concerns.

Irish PM Varadkar : 'I am surprised and disappointed that the British Government now appears not to be in a position that was agreed earlier today'. However, we cannot agree to do this unless we have firm guarantees there will not be any hard border in Ireland. “I have spoken to President Juncker again in

Key Developments:

Varadkar says the U.K. needs to provide “guarantees, not promises” to maintain the free flow of goods across the Irish borderParliament expected to reject an early general election again in a vote on Monday evening Julian Smith and Nicky Morgan say they won’t be quitting the cabinet after Amber Rudd resigned with a furious attack on Johnson’s leadership at the weekendChancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Brexit plan is unchanged

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

‘Ideal’ time for a Brexit Deal, Johnson Says (10:06 a.m.)

Johnson says the U.K. has “an ideal” amount of time to achieve a deal with the EU as the tight timetable will focus minds. “We can make a huge amount of progress,” he said before talks with Varadkar in Dublin.

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Speaking in Dublin alongside the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar , European Council President Donald Tusk said talks would be a “We know today that the UK Government rejects a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea, the EU single market, and the customs union,” the Mr Tusk said.

However, the Irish border is about much more than trade. The UK Withdrawal Agreement cannot be finalised without a guarantee to avoid a hard Irish On the plus side, having a watertight fallback which guarantees an open economic border is good news for jobs and investment in Northern

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) meets with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) But Varadkar said Johnson’s key demand, to remove the Irish border backstop, is not “ideal for us” and not “attractive.”

Johnson Says Deal Can Be Done By Oct. 18 (10:00 a.m.)

Johnson told Varadkar he is determined to find a deal by Oct. 18, when the next European Council meets. Not to do so “would be a failure of statecraft,’’ Johnson said.

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts next to Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble Johnson said he wanted to “manage expectations’’ that there would be a “breakthrough’’ on the Irish backstop at the talks in Dublin today.

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LEO Varadkar yesterday conceded that a no-deal Brexit would force Dublin to throw up a hard border in order to The Irish leader said: “Once there is a new prime minister in place I look forward to an early Leo Varadkar says Ireland will protect EU's single market in no-deal Brexit (Image: GETTY).

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He assured Varadkar that the U.K. “would never, ever” impose checks at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Varadkar Wants Guarantees, Not Promises (9:50 a.m.)

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he needs guarantees, not promises, to fix the problem of the border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks next to Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble “We are open to alternatives but they must be realistic, legally binding and workable,” Varadkar said before talks with Johnson in Dublin. He added that no proposals have yet been received from the U.K. “What we can’t do and will not do is agree to the replacement of a legal guarantee with a promise,” he said.

Varadkar says he believes a deal with the U.K. “is possible.”

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will host a meeting of the smaller opposition parties this morning. Attendees including the Scottish Nationalist Party, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 09: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach focused on Brexit negotiations, with Varadkar warning Johnson that leaving the EU with no deal risked causing instability in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) They will discuss the timing of the election and strategy for tackling Johnson, including a possible impeachment if he presses ahead with no-deal against the will of Parliament.

Welsh Party Eyes Johnson Impeachment (9:30 a.m.)

Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, said opposition groups should be prepared to impeach Boris Johnson if he ignores legislation forcing him to seek another delay to Brexit.

“It only takes one MP to make the accusation of High Crimes and Misdemeanors against a public official for the impeachment process to begin,” Plaid said in a statement on Monday. “Once the accuser has presented his or her proofs to the Commons and if the House agrees that there is a case to answer, a committee is established to draw up articles of impeachment.”

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts as Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar speaks in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble The House of Lords, who act as judges in the case, then appoint prosecutors to try the case, and if there is a conviction the Commons decides the sentence, the party said. The procedure was last used – unsuccessfully – on Henry Dundas, the minister for war, in 1806, according to the House of Commons Library.

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Ireland Favors Brexit Extension (Earlier)

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said his country is in favor of an extension to Brexit talks so long as it "creates the space" for solutions to be found. He warned that in a no-deal Brexit, "we would put in place the kind of arrangements that would be needed to ensure that we would stay inside the single market.”

Efforts are focusing on how to keep the U.K.-Ireland border open while dropping the contentious Irish backstop policy from the deal brokered by Theresa May. Johnson has suggested maintaining common standards on agri-foods. Donohoe said that while that idea, "when fleshed out, would clearly have merit," it’s also not enough to get a deal.

“This is something that only covers off a portion of the trade between the United Kingdom and Ireland on the island of Ireland and would not be a solution that would deal with all of the other issues we have to manage in terms of the flow of trade and also the protection of the Good Friday Agreement,” Donohoe said.

Asked about alternative arrangements such as trusted trader programs that the U.K. is promoting, Donohoe said: “We have yet to see examples of how they would work not only on our own island but indeed anywhere else in the world.”

Varadkar Demands Guarantees on Irish Border: Brexit Update © Catalyst Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble --With assistance from Dara Doyle.

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