British prime minister theresa may faces fresh trouble over brexit deal. As reported by the times, citing cabinet circles, five ministers are threatening to resign if may does not push through a change to the so-called backstop.
The backstop is the term used to describe the provisions in the withdrawal agreement that are intended to prevent the need for border controls between the UK’s northern ireland and EU member ireland. It is the most controversial part of the agreement.
Brexit hardliners in may’s conservative party fear that the emergency solution found will become permanent. It provides for the UK as a whole to remain a de facto part of the european customs union. The problem: as a member of the customs union, the uk cannot sign new free trade agreements, such as with the u.S.
But this is one of the key promises made by the brexit supporter during the election campaign before the 2016 referendum. According to them, EU membership will prevent britain from returning to its former glory as a global trading nation.
The backstop is also unacceptable to the northern ireland protestant DUP, on whose votes may’s minority government depends. They fear that the arrangement could tie northern ireland more closely to ireland than to great britain in the long term . It is therefore unclear how may intends to get a majority for the deal in parliament.
Chances of the EU agreeing to substantial renegotiations are considered slim. Negotiators in brussel had been tweaking the backstop deal for months.
In the dispute over the agreement, brexit minister dominic raab and labor minister esther mcvey have already resigned from their posts. Raab has now been replaced by stephen barclay, who has so far been regarded as unimpressive, and who will primarily be responsible for brexit preparations within the uk. For mcvey, may ally amber rudd returned to cabinet.
In addition to the rebellion in the cabinet, may must also reckon with a coup by her parliamentary group. For days, there has been speculation about an imminent motion of censure.
May vigorously defended the brexit agreement in recent days despite all opposition. She is getting support from unexpected quarters: two mainstream conservative tabloids, previously seen as the mouthpieces of the brexit hardliners, the daily express and the daily mail, are now promoting the head of government . In a rough interview with the mail, may showed her human side on saturday. She recounted how her husband, philip, had helped her up with irish whiskey and toast with beans after she had been manhandled in an hour-long parliamentary debate.
May is convinced that she has achieved the maximum result with her brexit agreement . "No more huge money transfers to the eu, an end to european court jurisdiction, out of the common agricultural policy, out of the common fisheries policy, out of the customs union, out of the single market, independent trading and coastal state," she paid up her achievements from the deal. But all this received too little attention.
Great britain will leave the EU on 29. March 2019 leave. If the british parliament does not approve the negotiated agreement, there is the threat of an exit without an agreement, with unforeseeable consequences for all areas of life. Rough upheavals could be expected, especially for the economy – and not just in the U.K
The head of the federation of german industries (BDI), dieter kempf, also warns against this. A brexit without an agreement would be "desastros" he told the newspapers of the "funke" media group on saturday. "It has caused severe difficulties for tens of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers in europe on both sides of the channel."
According to kempf, the sectors most affected in this case are vehicle and aircraft construction, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering and the electrical industry, but also many services, from banking to tourism. He called on german companies to plan for the worst case scenario.
Addressing the members of the british parliament, kempf said they now had to "be aware of their gross responsibility". Renegotiations are not the way out.