“It’s all about the balance of risks, because this isn’t a perfect deal for everyone but it does have a lot of what everyone wants.”
“The deal was signed to deliver on Brexit, and to do that in a way that had shared principles between the Democratic Unionist Party and the Conservative Party.”
“What I saw, over the last week and a half to two weeks, makes it very, very difficult for someone like me to support this deal.”
The Housing Secretary tells Sophy Ridge how the Government has spent over £4 billion, and issued 106 technical notices, against that eventuality.
He says that the Withdrawal Agreement must be amended to strip out the Northern Ireland backstop.
“The draft text that we have agreed…honours the vote of the British people while taking back control of our borders, laws and money.”
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“The agreement we’ve reached is between the UK and the European Commission – it is now up to the 27 leaders of the other EU member states…”
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“What’s proposed would leave Britain with all of the duties, costs and obligations of membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.”
He refers to a commitment in the December joint report to the province having the final say on divergence.
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That would be sooner than the latest timescale proposed by Barnier. She says that it is a short-term alternative to the backstop.
“It’s very likely that the Prime Minister would win a confidence vote. Then there would be a 12 month gap before it could happen again.”
“On the 30th March one thing is certain, that we will have left the EU. But if the deal is voted down that would prolong uncertainty and chaos.”
“I still think a deal could be done. But it is very late in the day now, and we need to change course.”
“And the backstop can only ever be temporary…under the legal arrangements of the European Union.”
“I believe there is a majority in Parliament that would support a permanent customs arrangement with the European Union.”