UK Chancellor: Brexit talks have become positive


He said: "She has declared herself to be a unionist, she has repeated that time and time again, she knows the consequences if she walks away from that promise, not just for Northern Ireland because of course she will open a Pandora's box in Scotland as well".

Wilson warned that any solution that resulted in checks on goods transiting between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain, as outlined by European Union negotiator Barnier in a speech on Wednesday, would be "unacceptable".

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing Street, London, for a Cabinet meeting on Thursday October 11, 2018.

He denied the DUP's threats to vote down a Brexit deal and the United Kingdom government's budget if they do not consent to a backstop agreement meant there were impossible red lines preventing a deal.

There have been suggestions the DUP could vote down the Budget at Westminster over its Brexit concerns.

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Speaking during an interview on Sky News, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said: "We are confident that we will have continuity on Eurostar".

The Guardian said House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom was also concerned about May's reported plan to accept keeping Britain in the EU customs union for an indefinite period after it withdraws.

He said: "The DUP represents a minority of people in Northern Ireland".

Talk of a draft deal having been agreed in Brussels on the Irish backstop was rubbished by Whitehall insiders, who urged caution.

The senior source said: "We can never exclude the possibility of negotiations breaking down".

The government, which has warned of a no-deal Brexit, published more than 25 technical notices covering issues from consumer rights and sanctions policy to rail transport and taking horses overseas.

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Last night, it was suggested a group of up to 30 Tory Remainers were considering forming a rival campaign to fight Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group of Eurosceptics with the aim of voting down Mrs May's Brexit deal because of fears it would wreck the economy.

This divergence with Britain would require some form of checks on goods travelling across the Irish Sea.

"Some members consider that we should do more to prepare for a no deal", the 64-year-old added.

Britain rejects the EU's proposed solution - to keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc's single market and customs union after the rest of the UK leaves - because it would create new barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK The EU has asked for a counter-proposal from Britain. "That is why we are interested in maximising an orderly withdrawal and minimising the cost of withdrawal".

Esther McVey has declined to back Theresa May's Brexit plans, saying she did not want to add to "speculation".

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