Possible extension to UK's Brexit transition period talked up by Ireland

Possible extension to UK's Brexit transition period talked up by Ireland

The US Trade Representative's office wrote to Congress yesterday to say it plans to start negotiations "as soon as it is ready" after Brexit Day on March 29, in news that will provide a welcome boost to Theresa May.

The two sides are now proposing an implementation period from 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020.

Not all Conservative MPs have woken up on Thursday morning furious with the prime minister, however.

With the offer on the table, Europe is seeking to put pressure on May to come to Brussels with ideas of her own.

He said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, would update leaders on the preparedness for all scenarios including no deal. Her so-called Chequers plan has already been rejected both by the European Union and her own party and the prime minister has not even begun the process of spelling out which of the alternative available options she is willing to accept.

The choreography of Wednesday's summit opening emphasises British isolation.

The concession, delivered to European Union leaders at a dinner in Brussels last night, means that Britain may not fully leave the auspices of the European Union until nearly six years after the European Union referendum, while potentially putting billions of pounds more into European Union budgets.

Máirtin Ó Muilleoir, a Sinn Féin MLA, said that the DUP's efforts to thwart Mrs May in striking a Brexit deal that would ensure a free-flowing trade and regulatory border should be resisted.

European Council president Donald Tusk at a media conference.

With the talks stalled and little prospect of a quickening of pace, many Brexit supporters and critics of Britain's departure are airing their frustration over an exit which some campaigners had said would be an easy deal.

More news: India beat West Indies by 10 wickets, win series 2-0
More news: Canelo Alvarez Signs Biggest Sports Contract Ever - 10 Fights for $365M
More news: Briefing: Popular livestreamer detained five days for 'disrespecting' national anthem

Without a solution, the entire divorce deal is at risk, setting Britain on track for an unregulated Brexit that would likely bring chaos and economic pain to both sides. But the problem is we can not have a border in Ireland between the Republic and the province [of Northern Ireland].

"But if these potential gains are sacrificed because of European Union bullying and the Government's desperation to secure a deal, the British people will not forgive us".

Back in Brussels, a stern Tusk said he had "no grounds for optimism" based on a report Tuesday from Barnier and May's appearance in parliament on Monday.

As he arrived for the Brussels meeting, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had said "we need time, we need much more time" for talks, vowing to work "calmly and patiently" for a deal in the coming weeks.

The prime minister tells the BBC the extension would only be a "matter of months" and insists she hopes it won't be needed.

A dog wears a banner during the "Wooferendum march" in central London where dog owners and their pets gather to demand a new Brexit referendum.

The spokesman said: 'We want to secure a deal as quickly as possible.

She told reporters that "most of the issues" in the withdrawal agreement have been resolved - apart from the Irish border.

The extension idea has angered pro-Brexit U.K. politicians, who see it as an attempt to bind Britain to the bloc indefinitely.

"She said we will keep under consideration the issue of the transition period but she did not say anything in favour or against the three-year period". She is hemmed in by pro-Brexit members of her Conservative Party, who oppose any more compromises with the bloc, and by her parliamentary allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, who insist a solution can't include customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The terms of that, including whether Britain would have an independent trade policy, could only be agreed after Britain has left.

Related Articles

  • Whose Pig? Nacho Pig: California Cops Catch Runaway Porker With Doritos Chips

    Whose Pig? Nacho Pig: California Cops Catch Runaway Porker With Doritos Chips

    The deputies made a trail with the chips, according to the Facebook post , and lured the waif warthog back home. Deputies used Doritos to lure a large, wayward pig back home after it escaped in Highland on October 13, 2018.
    Oli Herbert dead: All That Remains guitarist dies aged 44

    Oli Herbert dead: All That Remains guitarist dies aged 44

    All That Remains is mourning the loss of their founding band member and guitarist, Oli Herbert . The world will be less bright without him, not even mentioning his musical talent'.
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai turns 20: Karan Johar gets nostalgic

    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai turns 20: Karan Johar gets nostalgic

    She during the event said that even though she was a newcomer on set, she was not treated like one. I had approached all the leading actresses back then but all had refused", Karan said.
  • Major League Baseball  reviewed report of Astros possibly cheating

    Major League Baseball reviewed report of Astros possibly cheating

    When asked if he felt like anything was going on during the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't". The report said the man had a small camera and was texting frequently , but did not have a media credential.
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tour raises Zika concerns after baby announcement

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tour raises Zika concerns after baby announcement

    Markle is reportedly pressing on with the trip after taking medical advice and deciding she it was safe to proceed with the trip. Their worldwide tour also takes in Australia and New Zealand.
    Leslie cuts power, injures 27 in Portugal

    Leslie cuts power, injures 27 in Portugal

    Some have called Leslie a "zombie hurricane" because it was been moving in circles around the central Atlantic for nearly 3 weeks. Hurricane Leslie moved north-east through the peninsula with Lisbon, Porto, Spain and south western France also being hit.
  • Outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella sickens almost 100 in 29 states

    Most people infected with Salmonella recover without treatment, though in rare cases, antibiotics are needed for treatment. Confirmed cases in IL occurred between April and August of this year in locations across the state, Ciavarella said.
    Trump calls US Federal Reserve his 'biggest threat'

    Trump calls US Federal Reserve his 'biggest threat'

    The minutes showed that "almost all" policymakers agreed it was time to stop saying they were stimulating the economy. Trump followed up previous strong attacks on the Fed by complaining again that interest rates are rising too quickly.
    Royal Tour: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Melbourne day 3

    Royal Tour: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Melbourne day 3

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were seen sweetly huddled under an umbrella in Dubbo , Australia , Wednesday. And the Duchess of Sussex did just that by trying her hand at Aussie Rules football in Melbourne .
  • Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

    Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

    All underwent criminal background checks, but a small pot possession conviction would not necessarily disqualify them. The regulations governing when, where, and how one can buy and ingest marijuana in Canada also vary by province.
    Italy approves deficit-hiking budget, awaits EU's verdict

    Italy approves deficit-hiking budget, awaits EU's verdict

    Thanos Vamvakidis, head of G-10 FX strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told CNBC Tuesday that Italy was breaking the rules. A survey by pollster Demopolis on Friday showed 52 percent backed the plan, compared with 38 percent who gave it the thumbs down.
    Bellinger hitting leadoff for Dodgers vs Brewers in Game 5

    Bellinger hitting leadoff for Dodgers vs Brewers in Game 5

    The backup catcher batted.205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs on the season and was 1 for 7 in the playoffs coming into Game 5. Mike Moustakas also went 0 for 6, while Jonathan Schoop, Jesus Aguilar and Orlando Arcia were a combined 2 for 15.