WARNS: GET READY FOR ‘NO DEAL’ BREXIT
Leo plays down possibility after White paper
IRELAND and the other member states have been warned to get ready for a hard Brexit which sees Britain crash out of the EU.
An internal EU document also reveals “no progress” has been made in negotiations between the EU and Britain to avoid a hard border.
It paints a picture of long lines of freight traffic at ports with potential disastrous consequences for pharmaceutical companies, financial services and the airline industry.
In the document Brussels issues strongly worded guidelines to the 27 member states to deepen contingency planning for the UK’S exit in March next year.
Drafted just two days ago in the run up to the publication of the UK’S White Paper on the future relationship, it warns: “Although the withdrawal of the United Kingdom may appear to be playing out at a very high and rather abstract level between the United Kingdom and the EU, its consequences will be very real for citizens, professionals and business operators.”
It also states: “No progress has been made in agreeing a ‘backstop’ to avoid, independently of the outcome of the negotiations of the future partnership, a hard border on the island of Ireland.” Yesterday Leo Varadkar offered assurance the EU’S warning did not mean a no-deal Brexit was on the way. Speaking in Westport, Co Mayo, he said: “It’s not that we think that’s a likely scenario … but we think it’s prudent that every member state should plan for the worst.”
He added even if there is Protesters also lined the streets of Windsor, Manchester and Glasgow, where Trump and wife Melania were due to land at Prestwick Airport on Air Force One.
Hundreds of people also gathered at Belfast’s City Hall where the crowd chanted: “Hey ho, what’s the craic, Donald Trump don’t come back”.
Meanwhile, the US leader finally got to meet Queen Elizabeth yesterday – but even managed to make a mess of that.
He stopped in front of the 92-year-old monarch during an inspection of a guard of honour at Windsor Castle, forcing the embarrassed 5ft 4in royal to navigate round the burly 6ft 3in president. not a hard Brexit or no-deal scenario “at some stage in the future there may need to be checks that don’t currently exist”.
The paper highlights two outcomes – the first is where a deal sees the UK leave the EU but is subject to its rules for a two-year transition period.
The second, more drastic scenario, is where it withdraws without a deal.
The document will be distributed to ministers from the 27 EU member states when they meet next Friday to respond to the White Paper. Trump yesterday
CITY OF LOATHE Trump demo yesterday at Trafalgar Sq
SMILE PLEASE! Queen with Trump and wife Melania yesterday