Brexit 'technical talks' focus on Northern Ireland

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"But of course it is hard to see how we can avoid using that fall-back position if the British Government is determined to pursue a strategy that results in them leaving the single market and leaving the customs union in an absolute way".

The North East is in line for a 16 per cent hit in GDP in the eventuality of a Brexit no deal, government analysis has revealed in a new leak.

A no-deal outcome would result in a 13 per cent hit to economic growth in the West Midlands, 12 per cent in the North West and Northern Ireland, 9.5 per cent in Wales and nine per cent in Scotland.

Despite initial protests from the DUP, the unionists were bought off with paragraph 50 of the joint agreement, in which the British government promised to ensure that there would be no barriers to trade between the British mainland and Northern Ireland.

He told Mr Harvie: "I fully understand the concerns that you raise and agree that the arrangements put in place for MSPs to view the documents offer limited opportunity for scrutiny, and further that it is unhelpful to receive such late notice of those proposals".

Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, and one of the most prominent opponents of a "no-deal" Brexit said via twitter: "So at its best Brexit will cut growth, jobs and prosperity for everyone in Broxtowe".

According to the paper, the British government is expected to agree to the demands in the document, which will mean Northern Ireland is tied to European Union laws and rules well after the so-called Brexit "transition period".

The UK government's position on seeking to leave the customs union and the single market and yet wanting frictionless trade, it's claimed, presents a danger to trade and peace in Northern Ireland.

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The 8% figures for "no deal" was said to amount to Scotland's economy being £12.7bn a year worse off.

The report says that there is no scenario in which the United Kingdom will be better off by leaving, but "no deal", which would see the United Kingdom revert to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, would have a severe impact on the region.

Impact assessment: "Utterly grim reading", says SNP.

"The leak underlines the case that remaining in the single market and customs union is the only way to minimize that economic harm". "People did not vote to make themselves poorer and should have the right to reject a bad deal on Brexit".

The Irish Government will not stand for any backsliding on the deal struck over the issue of the border in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, the country's Foreign Affairs Minister as said.

"The Tories must now explain why they accused the Scottish Government of scaremongering when their own government was covering up similar findings".

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "The government need to start being clear what they are fighting for".

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