European Union to give Barnier mandate to close Brexit deals - Financial Times

Leroy Wright
September 15, 2018

At a conference in the Alpine lake resort of Bled in northwestern Slovenia, Michel Barnier said a Brexit deal was "not far" and that some 80 per cent of the withdrawal agreement had been agreed.

Earlier, he was criticized for accusing May of wrapping "a suicide vest around" Britain and handing the detonator to the European Union with her plans for Brexit - the biggest shift in British foreign and trade policy for nearly half a century.

He told the programme: "I always think that rather than allowing a unit in Downing Street to take on its own colleagues and backbenchers, and accuse and attack them, I think the best thing is always for them to say, "I tell you what, let's get together and thrash this out and see what we can come up with".

The lawmakers, part of the European Research Group (ERG), an anti-EU grouping in May's Conservative party, met on Tuesday night and openly discussed May's future as leader, the BBC said citing an unnamed source.

May's spokesman said her proposal, known as "Chequers" for the country house where it was hashed out in July, is the only serious, credible and negotiable plan available.

Lord Heseltine, who served as Defence Secretary in the Thatcher Cabinet, predicted earlier this week Mr Johnson would succeed Mrs May but his premiership would divide the Conservative Party.

Mr Coveney said many would be offended by Mr Johnson's remarks and claimed it was an attempt to undermine British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"I'm sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson".

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Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon told The Associated Press that up to 25 homes were on fire in the city of Lawrence alone. A middle school in North Andover and a senior center in Andover were set up for evacuees, according to the agency.

When negotiating, the prime minister needs to demonstrate her intent and also her power to deliver, Mr Baker told the Press Association.

On that occasion, the pound climbed close to 1% when Bloomberg reported that German officials were prepared to "accept a less detailed agreement on the UK's future economic and trade ties with the European Union in a bid to get a Brexit deal done".

Across the Commons, Labour too faces a split over Brexit strategy, with Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to commit to supporting a second referendum.

She predicted a leadership challenge when the Brexit deal was done.

But Mrs May hopes to make major progress on Brexit at a key summit next week when the leaders of all 28 member states meet in Salzburg, Austria to discuss reaching a deal.

He added: "I think it's quite hard for some of the glittering talent that we have at the top of our Cabinet to be the force of renewal and I think it needs to be led by somebody with a new mandate". While some Brexiteers are unhappy with her premiership, they see May as their best immediate hope of ensuring the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

"The treaty is clear, we have two years to reach an agreement before they leave... in March 2019".

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