Barnier blows hole in Theresa May's Brexit plan

Barnier blows hole in Theresa May's Brexit plan

While chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the UK's plan for the City won't work, several countries want to take some of Britain's proposals on board, three European Union officials said.

The EU chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, also criticised May's Chequers Plan, arguing that it failed to address many crucial points regarding the U.K.'s departure from the EU.

However, Barnier said he believes British negotiators he met in Brussels on Thursday "understood our concerns" about the border between European Union member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

Above: The EU's Michel Barnier rejected the UK's latest customs proposals, ensuring the prospect of a "no deal" Brexit remains alive.

The EU's verdict is a blow to May.

The government first announced the legislation now known as the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill late a year ago, saying it would allow more parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of the policies set out in the withdrawal deal Britain is hoping to strike with the EU.

May thought her customs proposal was the best hope of getting a Brexit deal she could also sell to a divided Parliament in London.

"First of all, are the proposals in the White Paper compatible with the principles that the 27 Heads of State and Government have defined since the beginning of this negotiation - principles which the foreign ministers recalled today?"

But the scale of the differences was laid bare as Mr Barnier made clear that her customs plan would not be acceptable to the EU.

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May is facing a rebellion by BREXIT hardliners over the proposals, including the resignation of Johnson and Brexit minister David Davis.

She added: "We would all suffer".

The EU, however, wants Mrs May to take an even softer line than she already proposes.

With just over eight months left until Britain is due to leave the European Union, there is little clarity about how trade will flow as May, who is grappling with a rebellion in her Conservative party, is still trying to strike a deal with the bloc.

It is obvious that leaving the European Union but staying in both the customs union and the single market would be the worst possible outcome.

Freudenberg said the MHRA, who he called on to register products to allow patients in the United Kingdom to continue accessing them, was passing responsibility for avoiding a potentially devastating shortage to the EMA. The UK has suggested joint oversight of the system that would make it more hard for UK access to be withdrawn. The Pound-to-Dollar exchange rate traded between 1.31 and 1.32 for much of this week.

The commission's negotiator conceded that a UK-wide customs plan, that avoided a border in the Irish sea, was the goal, rather than one that simply kept Northern Ireland in the EU's customs territory. The two sides also discussed the UK's goals for future economic ties with its biggest trading partner.

"On taking up the appointment, we had a very sensible conversation about the crossroads of the negotiations we are in, some of the tensions that were widely reported".

Matt Hancock has announced that his department is drawing up contingency plans to stockpile drugs, should a no-deal Brexit impede the public's access to medication.