Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

France prepares Channel Tunnel checks in case of no-deal Brexit

France prepares Channel Tunnel checks in case of no-deal Brexit

The prime minister told ministers progress had been made in Brexit talks on the "future framework" for trade and although there would be challenging moments ahead a deal with Brussels was within reach, Downing Street said.

But Labour said the continued lack of agreement by the Cabinet proved that May was "in office but not in power". "We need to provide security to our citizens and to our companies".

Macron insisted France is prepared for all possible scenarios including a no-deal Brexit which is "not what we want".

"The EU says there is not time to work out the detail of this UK-wide solution in the next few weeks", May said.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, briefly travelled to Brussels for unscheduled talks with his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier yesterday.

The 27 countries remaining in the bloc after Britain's exit at the end of March 2019 insist that the economic part of May's plans for future relations with the European Union will not work, the official said.

With less than six months before Britain leaves the bloc, talks stalled at the weekend over how to ensure there is no return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

"There are a small number of renaming issues, but they are significant issues so we shouldn't downplay them, they need to be resolved".

"We both hope that over the next 24 hours and maybe during the summit itself we will come to a conclusion on the right way", he added.

In recent days, deputy leader Nigel Dodds too made it "crystal clear": the stance is not a bluff-and the party, which props up Theresa May's government in the House of Commons, will do everything short of triggering a general election to prevent the United Kingdom from agreeing to the one thing that will get negotiations moving again.

DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson said "it is probably inevitable that we will end up with a no-deal scenario" because there was no agreement that would be accepted by Britain's Parliament.

She is due to address them before they retire to discuss Brexit without her over dinner in Brussels, and is hoping that they unblock the impasse by agreeing to negotiate further on the backstop in the run-up to an emergency summit in November.

Ex-Brexit minister David Jones said negotiation "will go to the wire, and no-deal is an increasing possibility".

Summit chair Donald Tusk warned that the risk of a "no deal" dumping Britain out of the bloc and into legal limbo and border chaos on March 29 was greater than ever.

Donald Tusk has poured cold water on hopes of a Brexit breakthrough at Wednesday's European Union summit, saying the Irish border was still a sticking point.

Even if the Irish border issue is resolved, investors fear it could signal the start of another, potentially tougher battle for May with her own lawmakers, many of whom want a clean break from Europe. British and European Union officials thought they were close to an agreement about the Irish border, but on Sunday that all fell apart when it became clear Prime Minister May didn't have the full support of her Cabinet and that several key ministers were on the brink of resigning.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Monday that "everyone needs to calm down" and support May as she tries to get a deal with the EU.

The EU has stuck to its position - a backstop to prevent a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland can not be time-limited and can not include the whole of the United Kingdom remaining in the customs union.

Mr Coveney and the Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee are also attending a meeting of EU Foreign and European Affairs Ministers. "I think it is possible to do it and I think with good will on both sides we can get there".

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