Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Brexit news: Brussels warned of member states’ rebellion over no deal risks | UK | News

The  has repeatedly rejected calls to reopen the withdrawal agreement they struck with Theresa May last year. With less than 80 days before the deadline, fears are growing at the prospect of the UK quitting the bloc without a formal agreement. But former Labour MP George Galloway remained adamant an agreement will be reached, suggesting EU members states will ramp up pressure on Brussels to abandon their hard stance to ensure business across the continent is protected. 

Speaking to RT UK, Mr Galloway said: “The whole thing will land on its belly in a very rough field. There’s no doubt about that if they can’t negotiate a proper landing but there’s no reason why they can’t.

“I still believe that they would not least because the EU have a very with us – we buy far more from them than they buy from us and business is business.”

The former politician continued: “Money talks, sometimes it even swears.

“I think there’ll be some swearing in because the business interest in the European Union definitely requires a negotiated settlement to all of this.”

on Monday renewed his demand to remove the controversial Irish from the withdrawal agreement, branding the policy as “anti-democratic.”

In a letter to European Council President , the Prime Minister said: “The changes we seek relate primarily to the backstop. The problems with the backstop run much deeper than the simple political reality that it has three times been rejected by the House of Commons. The truth is that it is simply unviable, for these three reasons.

“It is anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state.”

He continued: “The backstop locks the UK, potentially indefinitely, into an international treaty which will bind us into a customs union and which applies large areas of single market legislation in Northern Ireland. 

“Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

European Commission President echoed Mr Tusk’s comments as a spokeswoman for the top Eurocrat, who is recovering from surgery, said Mr Johnson had failed to provide Brussels with a “legal operation solution.”

The Commission spokeswoman said: “The letter does not set out what any alternative arrangements could be and recognises there is no guarantee such arrangements will be in place by the end of the transition.

“I don’t think it is the time to enter into blame games. What we believe is that an orderly withdrawal is in the best interests of both the EU and the UK and this is what we continue to push for.

“It’s Brexit that creases unique difficulties for the island of Ireland. Both the EU and the UK need a legally operational solution in the withdrawal agreement that will prevent that hard border and respect the Good Friday Agreement – that is the sole purpose of the backstop.”

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