Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

European Union proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

European Union proposes visa-free travel for Britons after Brexit

However, there are growing fears of Britain leaving the bloc with no-deal - either through lack of movement on negotiations or that the United Kingdom parliament won't accept the deal Theresa May presents to MPs.

The backstop will take the form of a temporary UK-wide customs agreement, with specific provisions for Northern Ireland which are more in dept regarding customs and single market rules alignment than for the rest of Britain.

While Brussels choreographs the first withdrawal of a sovereign state from the EU, May, a far from secure leader hemmed in by opponents in government and her own Conservative party, must now try to get the deal approved by her cabinet and, in the toughest test of all, by parliament.

"But the kicker is - and I think people haven't really grasped this - the kicker is that we haven't even really managed to protect the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland", he said.

The EU rejects any time limit to the so-called "backstop" insurance policy to guarantee an open border.

The apparent breakthrough came after months of protracted talks in Brussels with measures to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland being the main obstacle to a deal.

Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, said the deal "made a nonsense of Brexit" and urged the Cabinet to "chuck it out".

"I believe a referendum will happen as people come to the conclusion that since 2016 the situation has changed and at some point they will want to have the final say", said Brown in a speech this week.

However, after two long days of negotiations on Sunday and Monday, which extended into the early hours of the morning, there is some optimism in Downing Street that a deal could be brokered within the next 24 hours.

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A spokesman for chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn't yet finalized and the bloc would "take stock" Wednesday.

Brexit talks with the European Union ran through Sunday night until 0245 and resumed on Monday morning.

The pound rose 1.4% against the dollar on the news on Tuesday.

At an emergency cabinet meeting, Theresa May hopes to persuade her cabinet to fall behind her so she can get the text signed off.

Business Insider reported last month that the Cabinet members Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, and Esther McVey were all prepared to resign if May accepted a backstop with no fixed end date. She told the BBC: "I don't think something that trapped the United Kingdom in any arrangement against our will would be sellable to members of Parliament".

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the party wouldn't accept "that our laws would be made in Brussels, not in Westminster or Belfast".

However, the prime minister has pressed on despite the high-profile resignations of former ministers like Johnson and David Davis and would be likely to do so again.

But Rees-Mogg, chairman of the influential European Research Group of dozens of Tory MPs, went much further - warning May hasn't "so much struck a deal as surrendered to Brussels" and that the United Kingdom "will be a slave state".

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