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May ‘will refuse Brexit deal that threatens UK integrity’

The Guardian
May ‘will refuse Brexit deal that threatens UK integrity’

LONDON: Theresa May was preparing to warn the EU that she would not sign up to “anything that threatens the constitutional integrity of the UK” as Boris Johnsonwas accused of hinting that a hard border could be reintroduced in Ireland, reports The Guardian.

A senior government source told of the prime minister’s intentions after reports that a legal document, to be finalised on Tuesday by the European commission, would include a last resort scenario under which Belfast remained aligned with European single market rules.

That suggestion would pile pressure on the relationship between the Conservative government and the DUP – on which it relies for votes in parliament – as it could pave the way for new regulatory barriers between Northern Irelandand the rest of the UK.

“This is a draft negotiating position by the EU and not a final, binding text,” said a senior government source. “We are fully committed to implementing the December agreement, but the EU should be absolutely clear that the prime minister is not going to sign up to anything that threatens the constitutional integrity of the UK or its common market.”

Sources pointed out that the prime minister had made clear in December when the government published a joint report with the commission on the withdrawal agreement that its commitment to no hard border in Ireland included that there would be no divide in the Irish Sea.

The potential row came as a leaked document revealed that Boris Johnson had suggested that the government’s task was not to maintain “no border” in Ireland, but to prevent it from “becoming significantly harder”. The foreign secretary submitted a document to the prime minister outlining how he believed the border question could be dealt with. His paper, obtained by Sky News, raised alarm bells by suggesting that even if there were a hard border, it would still allow 95% of goods to pass through unchecked.

 

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