Wednesday 20 November 2019

Irish believe there is still time for May to offer Border solution

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Irish officials do not believe there is any risk of the Brexit talks being paused next week - despite concerns over lack of progress on the Border issue.

Government sources insist UK Prime Minister Theresa May still has time to put something on the table "that we can work with" over the summer months.

"The onus is on the British side to present the EU taskforce with something credible in the coming days," a source said.

"They made progress on the Border with recent statements but not enough. We remain hopeful that another step will be taken before the EU Council meeting."

But Mrs May is facing a fresh showdown with pro-European MPs in her own party after the House of Lords overwhelmingly backed plans to give parliament a "meaningful vote" on the Government's final Brexit deal.

The Government was defeated by 354 votes to 235.

Mrs May has warned against any moves to "tie her hands" during negotiations with Brussels, saying parliament must not be able to "overturn the will of the British people".

She said: "As we keep faith with people who voted to leave the European Union, and many of those who didn't but are now saying 'let's just get on with it', we need to make sure we are putting this legislation into place."

Irish Independent

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