Regrexit? British Voters would Now Back Staying in the EU

Regrexit? British Voters would Now Back Staying in the EU

Responding to the reports of what Dominic Raab has demanded, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said such a situation would not constitute a backstop at all, and doesn't deliver on previous United Kingdom commitments.

Geoffrey Cox, the British attorney general and a supporter for the Leave campaign, has been given a permanent seat on British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit war cabinet, according to a major British newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph.

It would also keep Northern Ireland in the customs union of the EU, as long insisted by the bloc.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney spoke last month of "carnage" if Britain crashed out without a deal, though he said that would mostly be felt by the United Kingdom, with Ireland likely to benefit from solidarity from European Union states.

At the same time, the Democratic Unionist party leader Arlene Foster indicated a deal was also in the offing after separate meetings in Belfast with the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab.

The key idea would be that Great Britain and Northern Ireland would remain a single customs territory under World Trade Organization rules, linked in a customs union with Ireland and the rest of the EU, diplomats told Reuters.

"The Tanaiste couldn't have been clearer that a time-limited backstop or a backstop that could be ended by the United Kingdom unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the EU".

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"Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement" - the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland - "and it is fraying relationships between Britain and Ireland", Varadkar said.

However, the newspaper also reported that the new deal will include an "exit clause" created to convince those who support Brexit that remaining in the customs union is only temporary.

May's spokesman refused to confirm the report, calling it "speculation", according to Sky News.

"We have made good progress but clearly in relation to the backstop there are outstanding and significant issues. We have always said it is better to have a deal than no deal", he said.

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael said that the results were "no surprise" and that the door is still open for another referendum owing to the political mess in Westminster. The backstop is created to ensure there is no return to a hard-border in Ireland and has proved to be a sticking point in negotiations.

He added: "We hope a deal can be done but we're not there yet". "That is why we are increasingly positive on the expectation of reaching a deal".

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