EU TALKS CHAOS: Farage Blasts “Very Very Weak” Theresa May
Nigel Farage has lashed out at reports that the British government has offered significant concessions to the European Union and the Irish government on the status of Northern Ireland.
Mr Farage said:
“This is a bitter betrayal of 17.4 million people. It is a concession too far, for it will lead to endless problems in Scotland and it damages the integrity of the United Kingdom.
“17.4 million people did not vote for the beginning of the break-up of the United Kingdom. That in effect is what this deal does. When we head to the European Council meeting on December 14 to talk trade, and we see if – having now given in to everything – we get much in return.
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“Every single thing the EU wants they get. We look very weak, very weak indeed. “Can it be rescued? It’s not over yet.”
Meanwhile, DUP MP and Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson told Sky News that “regulatory alignment” is “EU speak” for keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union. He described the reported concessions as a “unionist nightmare” and said that the talks had been hijacked by the “political chancers” in the Irish government. The EU and the Irish government, Mr Wilson said, was “destabilising Northern Ireland.”
Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP and Brexit Spokesperson, has called on Mrs May to “get a grip or go”, insisting that Brexit “will surely be betrayed” while she remains in office.
It appears that the DUP were not consulted about the initial offer. DUP resistance seemingly sunk the deal. Regulatory alignment could affect the whole UK and Boris Johnson and Michael Gove reportedly ready to quit the Cabinet.
UPDATE: DUP said to be “absolutely seething.”
UPDATE: Anna Soubry tells Sky News that staying in the single market and customs union as the “perfect solution” and says there is a Parliamentary majority for a proposal to remain in both.
UPDATE: Irish PM says “significant progress” has been made. Claims there is “no hidden agenda”. UK Government DID agree on a text. He says “surprised and disappointed that the UK Government is not now in a position to agree that text.” The DUP clearly DID spike the deal as earlier reported then. He understands that the earlier deal “stands” but Theresa May “needs more time.”
UPDATE: DUP and Conservatives to hold an emergency summit in next 2/3 days.
UPDATE: Stephen Timms MP tells Sky News that Northern Ireland “must be” in the customs union or there will be a hard border with Ireland.