“She’s offered the EU common sense and practical solutions to some of the issues they’ve talked about.”
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He says that May’s baskets plan for sectors is “possible”, but that the EU will reject any proposal for mutual recognition rather than alignment.
“If we were to accept passporting, we’d just be a rule-taker. We’d have to abide by rules that were set elsewhere.”
WATCH: Coveney says May’s speech was welcome – but “we know no more detail than we did about the border”
“We also welcome the fact that she renewed her commitment to the agreement before Christmas between the UK and the EU.”
Brexit. Compare and contrast. On divergence, real Cabinet debate. On immigration, a stance quietly shelved.
220,000 people from EU countries came here last year. May’s U-turn thus has implications not only for rights but for numbers.
This May speech was aimed at the EU27 – not her own party. And its message was: I want to have my cherries and eat them.
Hardish in principle, softer in detail, she is crafting a position intended to get those elusive trade talks going as soon as possible.
“What is clear is that for us both to meet our objectives we need to look beyond the precedents, and find a new balance.”
“I want to be straight with people – because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.” May’s Brexit speech – full text
“We need to resolve the tensions between some of our key objectives…but there are some tensions in the EU’s position too – and some hard facts for them to face as well.”
I believe last week’s inner cabinet meeting at Chequers will be seen as a key staging post in Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Sponsored Post: Darren Caplan: The rail industry is bigger than previously thought – and is ready to deliver even more for UK plc
In total, the industry employs more people than the entire city of Birmingham, and can play a crucial role in the country’s economic future.
Plus: Major’s error. The Prime Minister’s jokes. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And: the angels want to wear my red suit.
It’s later than Osborne planned, but good news nonetheless. Now Hammond must hold the course, and resist siren calls to start splashing the cash.
The Belfast Agreement does not mandate the British Government to prioritise a ‘soft’ border over Ulster’s ties to the United Kingdom.
Andrew Lilico: Brussels has reneged on the Phase One deal – it’s time to walk away from the Brexit talks
The Government was very clear about what it agreed to on Northern Ireland last year, and the EU’s proposals are not compatible with it.
Henry Hill: SNP square up for court battle as Holyrood chief says their Brexit bill is unconstitutional
Also: AMs vote to publish inquiry into whether Jones leaked Sargeant’s sacking; Davidson announces Tory push to form Scottish Government; and more.