Brexit in Brief, 23 July 2018

Jul 23, 2018

We bring you a round-up of the past week’s Brexit activities which saw the EU dismiss the UK’s white paper customs proposals and have now issued a warning to Member States to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

  • EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier dismissed many of the customs proposals contained within the UK’s white paper, particularly those that involve the UK applying tariffs on behalf of the EU.Mr Barnier also said that there will only be a deal between the UK and the EU if there is agreement on the backstop arrangement. He has invited UK negotiators to discuss the issue of the Irish border this week.
  • UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab says that he could make the UK’s £39 billion divorce bill conditional on getting a trade deal with the EU after Brexit.
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will travel to a number of European cities today to discuss Brexit among other matters.
  • Theresa May made a visit to Northern Ireland last week and met business owners along the border to discuss their concerns about Brexit.
  • The European Commission has urged the EU27 to step up preparedness in case the Brexit talks failed. In a 16 page document, the EU says that while they are working “day and night” for a deal, Brexit will cause disruption for businesses in the EU regardless of whether there is a deal.
  • Dublin Port is reportedly ramping up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit and it’s been reported that the cabinet is set to approve the hiring of up to 1,000 additional customs and veterinary officials to deal with Brexit.
  • Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue has said between 30,000 and 40,000 jobs could be lost in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.