Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Germany: Brexit divorce deal is a compromise

Germany: Brexit divorce deal is a compromise

Nissan had previously announced plans to build the model at its plant in Sunderland after the British government sent a letter of undisclosed reassurances in 2016 after the Brexit vote about the company's ability to compete in the future.

Hunt said: "It is true that if we ended up approving a deal in the days before the 29 March, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation".

May has promised MPs that she will bring any revised deal back to be voted on by MPs on February 13.

"When I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for", May said.

Earlier this week foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt suggested the government may need "extra time" to get the "critical legislation" required for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union through parliament.

May, writing in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, shed little light on how she meant to solve the issue that has provoked most opposition from her lawmakers, post-Brexit arrangements for the border between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Simon Coveney said the rejection of the deal which forces the PM back to Brussels to try to reopen negotiations and replace the backstop had "caused disappointment and dismay in Dublin and across Europe".

May said opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn "also believes the potential indefinite nature of the backstop is an issue", and that the European Union has "already accepted the principle of "alternative arrangements" superseding the backstop should it ever be required". The lower house had rejected the withdrawal agreement in the middle of January, and last week, for a Change of the Backstops voted.

"Are they really saying that they would rather not negotiate and end up in a "no-deal" position?"

"That is what Parliament instructed me to do on Tuesday night", May said asserted.

But Downing Street denied reports in the Mail on Sunday that Mrs May's team are planning for a general election on June 6 - the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

May called an election at short notice in 2017 at which she lost her party's majority, leaving her reliant on a small Northern Irish party to govern.

Maas reiterated the EU's rejection of a potential renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement, adding that the UK's only option to avoid a "hard Brexit" was to simply accept the agreement that is on the table. "That's what I'd like the most", he told Funke. "There must not be a hard border to the Republic of Ireland".

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