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Expectations were high in Downing Street on Tuesday night that Rishi Snak was on the verge of signing a new deal on Brexit, despite reservations from his own MPs and the Democratic Unionist Party.
EU chief negotiator Maros Shevchovic says he sees a ‘finish line’ in settling post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland after new talks with Foreign Minister James Cleverley Stated.
An official spokesman for the prime minister said both sides agreed “important progress” had been made, with officials looking to Thursday as a possible deal after months of disputes over the Northern Ireland Protocol. It is understood that
Mr Sunak is expected to be “front and center” when the settlement announcement is made, but he faces possible opposition from Conservative MPs who met last night to discuss how to respond to the settlement. Nervous about sex.
The support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was also not guaranteed, but No 10 argued that the deal must respect Northern Ireland’s status in the UK.
Hopes for an imminent deal were dashed over the weekend, sparking concern among some Brexit lawmakers after Boris Johnson warned the prime minister not to scrap the Northern Ireland protocol bill after last week’s intensive negotiations. rice field.
Downing Street should meet to make the deal ‘acceptable’ for the EU, including whether it ensures Northern Ireland’s status within the UK, respects the Good Friday Agreement and guarantees free flow. Downing Street said it set up three tests. trade.
“We recognize that progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go,” DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said after a meeting of the Conservative Brexit faction of the European Studies Group last night. .
If there is an agreement his party can support, Brussels will need to accept that goods traded within Northern Ireland are subject to UK law and standards and not EU law and standards, he said. Stated.
Sir Geoffrey suggested that “the outstanding issues may be resolved within the next few days”, but that “wrong deals will not restore the share of power and divide for future generations.” will strengthen the ,” he warned.
Former Cabinet Minister Simon Clarke said: “There has been welcome progress, but more progress will be needed for this to be what the DUP supports.”
Sunak’s official spokesperson said: For our part, I think the Prime Minister has made it very clear that there are still substantive issues to be resolved with the EU.
“These discussions were obviously held yesterday, and there will be further discussions today, and I hope there will be more talks.”
European Commission Vice-President Shevchovic said at a press conference yesterday: But in such negotiations, closeness does not mean completion. “
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said the UK government should be given “time and space” to allow a possible agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“I don’t know if we will reach an agreement this week. I know there has been a lot of progress made by the European Commission and the UK government towards agreeing a protocol,” he told reporters in Dublin.
“I know that Prime Minister Sunak wants to consult with his party, he wants to consult with Northern Irish political parties. I think it’s really important, and it’s hard to agree on that.”