Thursday 16 August 2018

'No deal is not better than a bad deal' on Brexit, claims UK Labour Party MP

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Shona Murray

“No deal is not better than a bad deal” on Brexit, said UK Labour Party MP Hilary Benn.

In fact “no deal is the worst possible deal you can imagine” he added today.

Mr Benn is in Dublin as chair of the visiting Westminster Brexit Select Committee.

“I simply do not think there is a majority in the House of Commons that would accept no deal", meaning the UK would leave the EU without a trade agreement, he told a Brexit conference at Dublin City University.

But he said he does “not currently see how it is possible to recognise no border in Northern Ireland with the UK leaving single market and customs union".

He made his comments despite the agreement made between the EU and UK which sought to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland even in the event of a 'no deal' scenario.

This will come as a surprise to the government which says a solution to avoiding a physical border with Northern Ireland was found at the end of last year.

Britain agreed to maintain all EU regulations and standards which would avoid customs checks on the island of Ireland.

While the UK has “committed to alignment with the whole of the EU for now", "the question is how much” will UK Prime Minister Theresa May 'diverge' on regulations in the future in order to satisfy new trade deals with third parties like the US, he said.

In his opinion calls for a second referendum are not relevant because it is unlikely there would be a different result.

Mr Benn said while he is a committed remainer he will facilitate the “democratic will” of the British.

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