- Sunday’s Brexit summit will go ahead after Spain got enough reassurances over Gibraltar
- Madrid had threatened to derail the summit
- May to meet top Brussels officials and EU27 set to back her withdrawal agreement and political declaration
- DUP leader Arlene Foster says Brexit backstop plans not in national interest
- Her deputy Nigel Dodds tells Sky News the Government should be trying to negotiate a better deal.
Arlene Foster: Draft Brexit deal “not in national interest”
She said: “On the one hand, we’re told the backstop would be the best of both worlds and on the other hand we’re told we’re not going to need the backstop. Therein lies one of the many contradictions at the heart of his draft withdrawal agreement.
“In such circumstances, Northern Ireland alone would be aligned to numerous EU single market regulations while Great Britain would not. Such a scenario in the medium term would inevitably lead to barriers to trade within the UK internal market. That is not in the national interest.”
🔴 Tomorrow’s historic European Council summit is confirmed. #Brexithttps://t.co/SNNJKmfCcL
NEW: UK ambassador to EU publishes letter clarifying that Withdrawal Agreement Article 184 “imposes no obligations regarding territorial scope” – ie doesn’t prejudge Gibraltar requiring separate bilateral UK-Spain discussion https://t.co/ZkBRQwUAHL
Sunday’s special #brexit summit is GO!
https://twitter.com/eucopresident/status/1066331706578427904I will recommend that we approve on Sunday the outcome of the #Brexit negotiations. No one has reasons to be happy.… https://t.co/aQXLalgs7C
The Gibraltar problem is solved….? We still await Spanish PM statement in 10 mins #brexit https://t.co/7r8zApcQ0F
Boris Johnson says he is at the DUP conference to support the party’s policy of a strong union between Britain and Northern Ireland.
What Boris Johnson wants
The ex-foreign secretary (pictured with Arlene Foster) says: “Best thing is to junk the backstop and get both sides to agree there’s no need for a hard border in Ireland. And take that discussion out of the withdrawal agreement and put it for the negotiations that are going to take place in the next couple of years.
“We also need to get ready as a country for no deal. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think we’re going to get a very good deal but it’s important to show we’re negotiating with confidence.”
Brexit: Irish border dispute explained
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: “Gibraltar is British and we will use our voices and our votes in parliament to stand with British Gibraltar.”
The party has pledged to use its 10 votes in parliament to support the cause of Gibraltar if necessary.
The EU is trying to broker a compromise between Spain and UK over the future of the British territory as Madrid threatens to derail May’s Brexit plans.
Boris Johnson has arrived in Belfast to address the DUP’s annual conference. #Brexit https://t.co/5tt4jfn6Xk
#Brexit summit update – “formal invitations have not been sent to leaders” h/t @aqbyrne Still serious ? over whether tomorrow’s summit will happen because of Spain’s intervention on #Gibraltar. There is still time to overcome this hurdle but not much
Any questions for any of our guests? Let me know…. 📝
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds: “Working with the Tories is in the national interest.”
A knighthood for Tory eurosceptic John Hayes (pictured in blue jacket) has sparked criticism from fellow Brexiteers, including Mark Francois who has sent him a sarcastic letter.
In it, Mr Francois – who has called for a confidence vote in Mrs May – suggested his coat of arms should be an “utter c**k rampant on one side and a big chicken on the other”.
He also claimed Sir John could write down his political principles “on the back of an old postage stamp”.
“Predictable drama at the end” says one EU source to me on the only issue now holding up the rubberstamping of the #Brexit agreement in Brussels this weekend. Talks continue on Gibraltar. All other concerns have now been addressed.