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Brexit Party’s Ann Widdecombe rages at Boris Johnson over ‘fudged’ deal with Leo Varadkar

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Boris Johnson met for a crucial meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to win over Dublin’s support for his alternative plans to the Brexit backstop. Mr Varadkar appeared buoyant after the talks and reports emerged of an agreement on having Northern Ireland quit the customs union as planned but having business still apply European Union rules and tariffs on goods. Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe denounced the reports as “fudge” as she warned the Prime Minister the alleged proposal is not sustainable “in the long term.”

Speaking to talkRADIO, Ms Widdecombe said: “It’s a fudge. Fudges are not normally sustainable in the longer term.

“I’m not surprised at all the briefing is concessions are coming from the British side because this is how we’ve been approaching these negotiations from the start.

“I had thought Boris was doing it rather differently, he was rowing with the EU where Theresa May had positively given in on almost everything. I did think he was approaching it differently.”

Ms Widdecombe, who quit the Conservative Party earlier this year to protest Theresa May’s inability to deliver on Brexit, continued: “If he has made major concessions, you’ve got to look at the longer terms.

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“You’ve got to say, ‘well, ok, you get what you call a deal but how sustainable is it in the longer term and what sort of mess are we going to have – Northern Ireland working to a different set of rules from the rest of the UK.

“I don’t think you’ll find anybody in the Brexit Party rejoicing but the caveat we must all acknowledge is what this new development is.”

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Boris Johnson last week offered to have Northern Ireland stay in the single market but quit the customs union in an attempt to pacify Dublin and Brussels over his demands to remove the controversial backstop from any future withdrawal agreement.

Mr Johnson stipulated the Northern Irish Assembly would have the power to withdraw from the agreement with a vote every four years.  

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The Taoiseach however lamented the proposal would result in the creation of a customs border that could jeopardise the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Varadkar emerged from the meeting at Thornton Manor at the Wirral with a positive outlook on the chances of a deal, saying an agreement is still possible.

The Irish leader said: “I think it is possible for us to come to an agreement, to have a treaty to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion, and to have that done by the end of October, but there’s many a slip between cup and lip.

“In terms of how long it will take, I can’t predict that with any certainty, but I think all sides would like there to be an agreement next week at the council if possible.”

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But the chat between the Prime Minister and Mr Varadkar appeared to have paid off as Brussels on Friday gave EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier the green light to proceed with new, intense Brexit negotiations.

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Mr Barnier met with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay in the bloc’s de facto capital and went on to debrief EU member states on the progress made over the past week.

The Frenchman warned Brexit remains a “big mountain” to climb before a deal can be achieved but said the meeting with Mr Barclay was “constructive.”

He said: “We had a constructive meeting with Stephen Barclay and the British team and now I am ready to debrief the 27 members and the Brexit steering group of the Parliament.

“But as I already said, Brexit is like climbing a big mountain. We need vigilance, determination and patience.”

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Brexit Party’s Ann Widdecombe rages at Boris Johnson over ‘fudged’ deal with Leo Varadkar

Boris Johnson met for a crucial meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to win over Dublin’s support for his alternative plans to the Brexit backstop. Mr Varadkar appeared buoyant after the talks and reports emerged of an agreement on having Northern Ireland quit the customs union as planned but having business still apply European Union rules and tariffs on goods.

Boris Johnson met for a crucial meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to win over Dublin’s support for his alternative plans to the Brexit backstop. Mr Varadkar appeared buoyant after the talks and reports emerged of an agreement on having Northern Ireland quit the customs union as planned but having business still apply European Union rules and tariffs on goods.

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One thought on “Brexit Party’s Ann Widdecombe rages at Boris Johnson over ‘fudged’ deal with Leo Varadkar

  1. Sorry Boris said we were leaving the EU and that is all of us including Ireland so WILL Scotland wand to stay I the single market we cant have different rules He said we leave on 31 oct deal or no deal so lets get out

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