Brexit news latest – Looming DISASTER as EU states could veto a Brexit deal even if Boris and Barnier reach an agreement

THERE are fresh fears for any Brexit trade deal this morning over fears EU states could veto any agreement that is reached.

With the end of the Brexit transition period looming on December 31, and any deal needing to be struck well before that in order to be ratified in time, there is a sense of desperation on both sides to get a deal sorted.

But despite both Britain and EU negotiators working hard to strike a deal – with UK negotiatior David Frost describing a "possible landing zone" next Tuesday, there is still the looming prospect of France or Spain veoting it.

Thanks to the typically complicated and bureaucratic way the EU works, any deal would need to be agreed not only by the EU Council and European Parliament but possibly also dozens of parliaments across the bloc and maybe even national parliaments too.

And with Boris Johnson standing firm on fishing rights in British waters, there's plenty of opportunity for countries upset at losing out – chief among them France and Spain – to spoil the party should any deal be reached.

Follow our Brexit live blog for all the latest news and updates…

  • Shayma Bakht

    LEADER OF SCOTTISH TORIES CRITICISES SNP

    Douglas Ross, the leader of the Tories in Scotland, responded to Boris Johnson calling devolution “a disaster north of the border” by insisting that “devolution has not been a disaster”.

    He criticised the Scottish National Party (SNP) for their “non-stop obsession” with a second independence referendum.

    Government sources say the Prime Minister has “always supported devolution” but he is concerned about the actions of “separatists” in Scotland.

  • Shayma Bakht

    FTSE 100 STAYS ON 5-MONTH HIGH, BUT INVESTORS STILL CAUTIOUS ABOUT BREXIT

    London's FTSE 100 hovered around its five-month high on Tuesday as a stronger pound pressured exporters, while investors remained cautious about a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.

    The blue-chip index dipped 0.1% as a stronger pound weighed on dollar earners such as consumer staple stocks, while the domestically-focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 added 0.2%.

    A media report said Britain's chief negotiator David Frost has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect a Brussels trade deal “early next week”, a day after EU diplomats warned that time was fast running out for a Brexit deal.

  • Shayma Bakht

    JOHNSON SAID DEVOLUTION WAS BLAIR'S BIGGEST MISTAKE, AMID POST-BREXIT SECOND REFERENDUM TALK

    In a video call with northern English lawmakers from his Conservative Party, Johnson said that devolution, introduced by Tony Blair, had been the former prime minister's “biggest mistake”, media reported.

    Johnson's office did not deny the comment.

    Scots rejected independence by 55 to 45 percent in a 2014 referendum but Brexit and COVID-19 have strained the bonds that tie the United Kingdom together.

    While the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay while England and Wales voted to leave.

  • Shayma Bakht

    MAJORITY OF SCOTS SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AFTER BREXIT CRISIS

    The past 14 opinion surveys have shown that a majority of Scots now support independence after the Brexit crisis.

    One survey, by Ipsos MORI for STV News, suggested that the “yes” vote had risen to a record high of 58%, excluding those who answered “don't know”.

    Polling expert Prof Sir John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, says that poll may be an outlier but even so he reckons support for independence is running at an average of 54%.

  • Abe Hawken

    CLIMBDOWN?

    The PM last night said he would not row back on his Brexit red lines amid claims Cabinet members are pushing for a climbdown.

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Alok Sharma have been accused of urging a compromise.

    That could bind Britain to Brussels rules forever and give the EU huge access to the UK’s fishing waters.

    And some ministers have said Michael Gove has warned No Deal will lead to Scotland breaking away.

  • Abe Hawken

    'BREATHING SPACE'

    Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Lib Dems, and former Siemens boss Juergen Maier have told Boris Johnson in a letter that “breathing space” is required for businesses to adjust to any changes agreed with Brussels.

    They warned that industry is already dealing with the “unprecedented” challenges caused by Covid-19 and that the threat to some firms was “existential”.

    “Uncertainty is bad for business at any time, but the combination of the challenges of battling the impact of coronavirus restrictions alongside having now to cope with the huge challenge of complying with new trading procedures, at very short notice, could be very damaging,” they said.

  • Abe Hawken

    BREXIT ADJUSTMENT PERIOD

    Boris Johnson has been urged to negotiate an adjustment period into any final trade agreement with the European Union to provide “breathing space” of up to six months for businesses.

    The post-Brexit trade talks have entered into a decisive week, with Cabinet ministers among those signalling that the discussions have entered into last chance saloon territory.

    With Thursday touted as the latest deadline for negotiations, the Liberal Democrats and a leading business figure have joined forces to press the Prime Minister to effectively extend the transition period to give businesses more time to adjust to any new regulations.

    The transition period is due to end on December 31, meaning a new customs regime and other new Brexit-related rules are due to come into force at the start of next year.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    EU KEEN TO AVOID ‘ACCIDENTAL NO DEAL’

    EU chiefs said they are ready to take talks right down to the wire and find a “creative solution” to avoid an accidental No Deal.

    An EU diplomat said the cut-off point is New Year’s Eve and Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she is more interested in the “quality” of the deal than the “craziness” of deadlines.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    SUNAK AND SHARMA ACCUSED OF URGING COMPROMISE

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Alok Sharma have been accused of urging a compromise that could bind Britain to Brussels rules forever and give the EU huge access to the UK’s fishing waters.

    And some ministers have said Michael Gove has warned No Deal will lead to Scotland breaking away.

    Last night, pals of all three denied the claims — insisting they are fully behind the hardline strategy.

    But a Government source said: “It’s not a secret that the Treasury has always been anti-No Deal and Michael Gove has concerns about the Union.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    'TALKS COULD STILL COLLAPSE OVER FISHING’

    Brexit talks could still collapse over fishing and red tape, it is feared.

    Both the EU and the UK urging the other to “get real”.

    The PM last night said he would not row back on his Brexit red lines amid claims Cabinet members are pushing for a climbdown.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    ‘POSSIBLE LANDING ZONE’ NEXT WEEK

    Brexit boss David Frost has told Boris Johnson to expect a Brussels trade deal “early next week”, The Sun can reveal.

    Britain’s chief negotiator has pinpointed “a possible landing zone” as soon as next Tuesday.

    Read the full exclusive story here.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHO IS MICHEL BARNIER?

    Michel Barnier first got into politics as a young Gaullist aged 15.

    He came to national attention in 1986 when he won Albertville's bid to host the 1992 Winter Olympics in Savoy.

    Diplomats in Brussels have suggested the arch-federalist still resents Britain after losing his job when the French government lost a referendum on the European Constitution.

    Diplomats have said he is “far from a soul mate for Britain” and is hostile to the “Anglo-Saxon” free market model of capitalism.

    Even before Barnier's announcement, the second round of post-Brexit trade negotiations that was due to take place in London this week had already been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.David

    The senior EU politician is tasked with hashing out a Brexit deal alongside Frost.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHO IS DAVID FROST?

    David Frost is a British diplomat who served a number of high-ranking roles including negotiations with the EU post-Brexit.

    On June 28, 2020, Boris Johnson announced that Frost would take over from Sir Mark Sedwill as National Security Adviser in September.

    Frost became Johnson's Europe adviser and chief negotiator for the talks on the UK’s future relationship with the EU in July 2019.

    Frost leads a team in the Cabinet Office which prepared the government’s negotiating mandate and he leads the negotiations with the European Union post-Brexit.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BIDEN BREXIT TWEET

    Biden tweeted about the Brexit issue in September, saying, “We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit.

    “Any trade deal between the US and UK must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period,” Biden wrote while retweeting a tweet from the House Foreign Affairs Committee addressing the same issue.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    IRELAND’S FOREIGN MINISTER: ‘TIME IS RUNNING OUT’

    Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday that time is running out to get a deal.

    He said: “If you want to use sporting parlance, this is move week.

    “We have got to make big progress this week, hopefully we have got to get the big issues resolved in principle this week so then we can finalise text and get this deal ratified.” Inking an eleventh hour agreement is “very difficult” but “very doable”, he said.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BREXIT TALKS TODAY

    Brexit talks resumed earlier today.

    Bboth sides are braced for clashes on fish and state aid rules.

    The PM maintains half the fish in our waters are for the UK. The EU wants more.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BIDEN IS A ‘DOUBLE LOCK’ ON BREXIT ISSUE

    A Biden administration would be likely to lean in Ireland’s favor in its engagements with the European Union, especially since the departure of the United Kingdom.

    According to the Irish Times, government sources in Dublin see a Biden White House as a “double-lock” on the Brexit issue.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BREXIT CHIEF INSISTS WE WILL LEAVE ON DECEMBER 31

    Britain's chief negotiator David Frost said Britain will quit the bloc on December 31, whatever happens.

    Arriving in Brussels for the showdown talks, he said there has been “some progress” on agreeing a deal.

    He added: “But we may not succeed. Either way, as the Prime Minister made clear on 16 October, people and businesses must prepare for the change that is coming on 31 December, most of which happens whether there is a deal or not.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK DEMANDS 'MORE REALISM' FROM EU DURING CRUNCH TALKS

    The UK has demanded “realism” from the European Union as crunch talks on a post-Brexit trade deal resumed in Brussels.

    Michel Barnier said the bloc remains “determined” and “patient” during the talks.

    But the Eu negotiator stressed the need for future competition between the 27 member states and the UK to be fair.

    On the UK side, Downing Street said time is “very short” to reach a deal which could be implemented when transition arrangements expire at the end of the year.

    The two sides – led by Mr Barnier and the PM's Europe adviser, Lord David Frost – are now working on draft legal texts but key parts of the documents have not been agreed.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BREXIT TALKS ‘NEED BREAKTHROUGH THIS WEEK OR RISK COLLAPSE’

    Brexit trade talks must have a breakthrough this week or risk collapse, ministers have warned.

    Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said yesterday both sides are entering “move week” — and it is now or never to get a deal.

    And Cabinet Minister George Eustice said time was very short, adding: “This needs to be a week where things move.”

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    BREXIT & BIDEN

    It’s thought president-elect Biden visit could change the course on United Kingdom Prime Minister Johnson on his Brexit plan to modify parts of the UK and European Union’s withdrawal agreement pertaining to Northern Ireland.

    Biden’s recent interventions in the Brexit negotiations have been greeted favorably in Ireland, his ancestral homeland.

    Johnson has been urged to soften his position on the Northern Ireland border and strike a trade deal with the European Union.

    If in fact, Johnson softens up his position on the border, then Biden’s intervention will be credited as a major factor and a further sign of the increased importance of Ireland as an ally to the US.

    According to Business Insider, there is a belief among Irish politicians and campaigners that Biden’s victory will put greater pressure from the White House on Johnson to change his decision on Brexit.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A NO DEAL BREXIT?

    To avoid a No Deal, the UK government must agree on its future relationship with the EU – the aims of which were established in the 27-page political declaration.

    A free-trade agreement is the priority and talks, which started in March, are set to intensify to achieve this.

    During this transition period the UK is still a member of the single market and the customs union.

    But if we leave without a deal we will not be a member of either and have nothing firmed up to replace it, which means Britain will be forced to trade according to the World Trade Organisation – the global body overseeing international trade.

    This could lead to greater tariffs on imports and exports – resulting in a price hike.

  • Lottie Tiplady-Bishop

    WHAT IS A NO DEAL BREXIT?

    A No Deal departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship.

    Britain's trade, customs and immigration rules were tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.

    The UK ended up leaving the EU on January 31 with a transition period until December 31 2020.

    While we did leave with a deal – in which this transition period was agreed – there is still the possibility of ending up in a no deal scenario still.

    If there is no arrangement for our future relationship by the end of this period then Britain will have left the EU with no deal and will trade on World Trade Organisation rules.

  • Debbie White

    MICHEL BARNIER SAYS EU REMAINS 'DETERMINED'

    Michel Barnier has said the European Union remains “determined” and “patient” in its bid to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK as crunch talks resumed in Brussels.

    The EU's chief negotiator and his British counterpart Lord David Frost are continuing negotiations with just over six weeks to go until the end of the transition period.

    Mr Barnier tweeted on Monday: “With @Europarl_EN & all Member States, we remain determined, patient, respectful.

    “We want our future cooperation to be open but fair in all areas.”

  • Debbie White

    NO 10 SLAMS FARAGE ALLIES' BREXIT CLAIMS

    Nigel Farage's allies have contacted Brexiteer MPs, warning that the UK could agree an extension to the transition period – as Vote Leave guru Dominic Cummings has left.

    But No10 has dismissed these claims as “utter rubbish” according to The Sunday Times.

    MPs were texted by Downing Street officials to reassure them “there will be no backsliding on Brexit”.

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