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


Leo Varad­kar

CITY OF LOATHE Trump demo yes­ter­day at Trafal­gar Sq

SMILE PLEASE! Queen with Trump and wife Me­la­nia yes­ter­day

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