Brexit border plan step in right direction, says Pascal Lamy

Royal Festival Hall was regarded as the world's most sophisticated concert hall in 1951

Royal Festival Hall was regarded as the world's most sophisticated concert hall in 1951

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg also praised the deal and urged the Prime Minister to move things forward.

She argued her proposals were the only way to maintain frictionless trade and avoid a hard border in Ireland.

EU Council chief Donald Tusk has delivered a tough riposte to Conservative rhetoric over Brexit and a fresh dismissal of the Chequers plan - but offered an alternative trade deal.

"This offer remains in place".

Foster also queried why the European Union was prepared to accept a technological solution that would work in the Irish Sea but not one that would work on the land border.

Tusk spoke out after a meeting with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar in Brussels in which they discussed a new United Kingdom proposal for avoiding a hard border in Ireland.

"No one can expect that because of Brexit, the European Union will give up its fundamental values and key interests".

"I think it's a good deal for the UK".




And in a remark that was welcomed by some Eurosceptics who want to scrap Mrs May's proposed trade plans, he said the European Union remained open to a "Canada plus plus plus" deal - a reference to the EU's free trade deal with Canada.

He added: "Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive but they do not facilitate agreement". "Let us remember that every actor in this process has their dignity, and confrontation in this field will not lead to anything good". This is a true measure of respect.

The former Polish prime minister was scathing about Mr Hunt, whose comments he branded "as unwise as it is insulting". As the President of the European Council and someone who spent half of my life in the Soviet Bloc, I know what I'm talking about. That bloc was about "prisons, walls and violence against citizens" while the European Union meant "freedom, human rights, prosperity, peace, democracy and pluralism, without internal borders or walls".

Third, in respecting our partners, we expect the same in return.

"Unacceptable remarks that raise the temperature will achieve nothing except wasting more time".

Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Philip Hammond said that WTO rules would "require checks at the border".

The deputy leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, Nigel Dodds, told the BBC his party could not accept a "separate hybrid model" in which Northern Ireland is in the EU single market but out of its customs union.

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