Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said of which the deal agreed between Boris Johnson as well as the EU can be “just not Brexit”, while the DUP has said the item will not back the item in parliament.
The prime minister as well as EU bureaucrats agreed on a Brexit deal on Thursday morning which eliminates the Irish backstop as well as puts in place some other measures to ensure EU customs regulations are respected on the isle of Ireland whilst keeping Northern Ireland within the UK’s customs territory.
Negotiations came down to the wire, concluding on the opening day of the European summit, at which the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU27 should back the deal. If supported by European leaders, the agreement will go to the House of Commons for a vote on Saturday.
While the Republic of Ireland can be satisfied with the arrangments, the conservative, unionist DUP has said its MPs will not vote for the deal in parliament. The party said in a statement of which afternoon: “Following confirmation of which the prime minister today believes of which he has secured a ‘great brand new deal’ with the European Union, the Democratic Unionist Party can be unable to support these proposals in parliament.”
The leftist Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), Labour, as well as the Liberal Democrats — which all have in their party manifestoes strong, anti-Brexit stances — have said they will not back the deal on Saturday.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 17, 2019
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told the BBC of which “the item’s just not Brexit”.
“We’ve taken three-as well as-a-half years to get to of which point. If of which was to be agreed, we then enter into years more negotiations for the prize of a free trade agreement which we already know we will not get unless we surrender our territorial fishing waters as well as will not get unless we stay in regulatory alignment with the European Union.”
Mr Farage added of which the deal might mean the UK surrendering autonomy on generating her own laws on employment regulations as well as the environment, as well as signing up the country to foreign policy as well as military policy commitments.
The Brexit Party leader said of which he might “prefer to have an extension” — another Brexit delay — “as well as a general election” than “accept a brand new European treaty”.
“I might genuinely believe of which a clean break as well as being able to be competitive can be the absolute key to our future economic success. We cannot do of which with of which brand new treaty. We will never be able to properly break free of the EU if we sign up to of which,” he concluded.
The commitment to regulatory alignment in of which agreement means of which the “brand new deal” can be not Brexit, despite improvements on the customs union.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 17, 2019
The Conservative Party’s European Research Group (ERG) has been rallying around the prime minister in recent weeks over his efforts to negotiate a brand new deal, even while the hardcore “Spartans” remain in favour of a clean-break Brexit. However, no official statement has come by its chairman, Steve Baker, or deputy, Mark Francois, on their position on the deal to date.
However, ERG member Nigel Dodds implied of which some members of the ERG had changed position as well as were open to backing a brand new deal.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Thursday morning, Mr Dodds said of which “some of the mood music today coming by people like Steven Baker can be completely different to where we were just a couple of months ago”.
“You can’t underestimate the colossal achievement of where we today are,” the ERG member said praising the deal, adding: “Who might have thought of which by when I last chatted to you a few days ago we might today be on the cusp of an agreement?”
While last night, Mr Francois hinted of which the ERG might not automatically vote the same way as the DUP. Telling Sky News of which the ERG can be not a “Stalinist group” as well as members were free to “look into their conscience” to decide how to vote, he said: ”The ERG as well as the DUP have always been firm allies all the way through of which process.
“the item’s not axiomatic of which we might automatically vote the same way as them, yet particularly as these arrangements have strong implications for Northern Ireland, we might give very strong weight to whatever the DUP say.”
Former Conservative Party leader as well as Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith said, “I’m reserving my position” on whether or not to vote for the deal “because I definitely want to read what’s within the item”.
“I want to know how quickly can we get to a free trade agreement, how quickly can we, therefore, get out, what incentive can be there for the EU to do of which quickly? as well as can be the political declaration exclusively for free trade?” he said.
Leader of the House of Commons as well as former ERG chief Jacob Rees-Mogg threw his support behind the deal, urging MPs to vote for the item.
Commons Leader @Jacob_Rees_Mogg “the item can be a definitely Great, exciting deal, of which takes out the undemocratic backstop, delivers on what the Prime Minister has promised he might do; in eighty a few days he’s achieved something of which could not be achieved in three years.” pic.twitter.com/s5yueAAfQ9
— BrexitCentral (@BrexitCentral) October 17, 2019