Brexit deal will minimize short-term economy hit - Irish finance minister

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2019

It will create a barrier between Great Britain and Northern Ireland which Johnson himself recently said "no British Conservative government" could ever sign up to.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster has confirmed the party's ten MPs will oppose the Brexit deal agreed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union when it is voted on in the House of Commons tomorrow.

"I think the arrangement is complex and challenging, but does allow for the unique situation in Northern Ireland, of course there are a lot of complexities around that that will need to be ironed out".

She also said that he settled for what she calls a "one-sided" consent mechanism involving Stormont.

The EU has agreed for Northern Ireland - in what would be a complex dual-tariff arrangement - to be allowed to officially remain in a customs territory with the United Kingdom, meaning the region can benefit from trade deals inked by the Government and any lower tariffs agreed by ministers.

His official spokesman said the Prime Minister had on Wednesday afternoon updated his Cabinet, which gave its "full support" to get a deal ahead of the summit after a "positive discussion".

Without the DUP, it will be hard for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get any agreement passed in the UK House of Commons.

He said the DUP wants to avoid a no deal and referred to the Benn Act and the option to seek a further extension.

He said some of the Conservative party and also its European Research Group members have been in talks with the DUP and may be influenced in the vote by the DUP's position.

The fears for an effective stalemate are also being fed by the Democratic Unionist Party (which now gives the British government its majority in the parliament) negative to accept the Brexit deal as it stands.

The DUP have claimed they "could not support" Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal over concerns they have about customs and Value-Added Tax. The party said the deal "undermines the integrity of the union".

European Council President Donald Tusk did not rule out an extension to the Brexit deadline if MPs rejected it.

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