News | Published March 25 2019

EU and Republic of Ireland continue no-deal Brexit talks

The EU and the Republic of Ireland held talks over a potential no-deal Brexit today after the European Commission admitted no deal is looking more likely.

The talks relate to how the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be affected by such a scenario.

Theresa May confirmed that there were not yet enough votes for her deal but did hold talks with DUP leader Arlene Foster over the phone today.

The DUP said that their position on the deal remained unchanged.

With no deal the default option if May's deal is rejected and the UK refrain from extending Article 50 any further, the Commission said they were working "very closely" with Irish authorities.

In a press release today the Commission said: "As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its no deal preparations."

Referring to a potential no deal scenario, a spokesperson said: "Both sides would need to take unilateral and temporary measures to protect legitimate trade, consumers and public health.

"The commission is ready to make additional resources available to Ireland, technical and financial, to address any additional challenges."

The prime minister will continue in her attempts to hold a third meaningful vote on her deal this week.

She also encouraged Conservative MPs to vote against an amendment that calls for a series of indicative votes on potential alternatives to May's deal.

"No government could give a blank cheque to commit to an outcome without knowing what it is," she said.

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William Winter
March 25 2019

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