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Crime agency boss in stark warning over no-deal Brexit

Crime agency boss in stark warning over no-deal Brexit

Meanwhile, Ms Bradley attended the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) plenary session in London, where she said the United Kingdom is committed to upholding the Good Friday Agreement and to avoiding a hard Border.

Tory Brexiteers have moved to defuse a row over "vile" language used anonymously by some of their own MPs against Theresa May ahead of a crunch week for the prime minister.

The Brexit transition period, in which Britain would retain European Union rules, is due to end in December 2020.

Taking the unusual step of briefing planned remarks to the Commons in advance, May will conclude that "taking all of this together, 95 per cent of the withdrawal agreement and its protocols are now settled" in talks that she has until now largely insisted on keeping secret.

Theresa May's suggestion that the United Kingdom could remain attached to the European Union after December 2020 could only be an "alternative" to the backstop suggestion, Raab wrote in the Telegraph.

"While we agree that it would be in both sides' interest to avoid the worst disruption in the event of an exit without a withdrawal agreement, we note that the Exiting the EU Committee has questioned the government's approach of expecting there to be sufficient time and political goodwill to negotiate bilateral contingency measures", said the Scrutiny Committee report.

May said the EU had shifted and was "actively working with us" on a British counter-proposal that would keep the whole United Kingdom in a customs union with the bloc.

The backstop is a position of last resort, to protect an open border on the island of Ireland in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without securing an all-encompassing deal.

"I would say this is the biggest threat I have seen to science in the United Kingdom in all my life which is now almost 50 years of research", he said.

But as the two sides try to rebuild momentum following a Brussels summit last week, the readiness of EU negotiator Michel Barnier's team in that outline deal to soften their refusal to pre-empt the outcome of later talks on a future EU-UK trade pact may help in unlocking an acceptable package.

Last week, the European Union dropped plans for a November summit on Brexit because of a lack of progress in negotiations and began preparations for a disastrous "no-deal" scenario when the clock runs out in March 2019.

It could also prove to be a potentially explosive run-in with her own MPs, a growing number of whom are threatening to trigger a no-confidence vote in her leadership amid concerns her Brexit plans are undeliverable.

She's also opposed by pro-EU lawmakers who want to keep close ties with the bloc after Brexit.

Staunch Brexiteer Mr Raab said that while the United Kingdom is "committed" to agreeing a backstop for NI in the event of a no-deal Brexit, he warned that the government "will not countenance" any customs or regulatory border down the Irish Sea.

For this to happen, 48 Conservative MPs must submit letters to the Party's chairman.

"There is no current plan for how they're going to fudge Northern Ireland".

Downing Street told CNN it would not be commenting on Mercer's interview.

"It seems to be getting ever more precarious", he said.