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UK delivers new Brexit proposals to EU

UK delivers new Brexit proposals to EU

The UK government has delivered its new Brexit proposals to the EU on Wednesday which attempt to provide a solution to the long-standing backstop issue.

The proposals, which have been outlined in a 7-page document, would see Northern Ireland remain in the European single market for goods, but leave the customs union, subject to approval by the Northern Ireland Assembly and of course the EU.

The proposals came following the end of the Conservative Party conference which was held this year in Manchester. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson wrote in a letter to the European Commission’s President, Kean-Claude Juncker, that the new proposals "respect the decision taken by the people of the UK to leave the EU, while dealing pragmatically with that decision's consequences in Northern Ireland and in Ireland".

The European Commission has said that there has been progress, but “problems” still remain.

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 31 October, and further talks and negotiations are expected in the coming days and weeks before the EU Council Summit on October 17.

It was also announced on Wednesday that Parliament could be prorogued next Tuesday, 10 September to allow for a new Queen’s Speech on 14 October. This prorogation is significantly shorter than the one ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court. Downing Street has said the prorogation, if approved by the Queen, would be for the ‘shortest time possible’ in order to allow for the planning, including security preparations for the opening of Parliament by the Queen and the Queen’s Speech.

 

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