Brexit news – live: Theresa May flies out for crucial talks with Irish PM as secret ‘Project After’ plans for no


Theresa May will hold critical talks with Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar as she scrambles to achieve a breakthrough on her Brexit deal.

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The prime minister flies to Dublin today to meet’Mr Varadkar, after a series of challenging meetings in Belfast and Brussels over the divisive issue of the Irish backstop, which MPs have ordered her to remove from her deal.

Her’trip comes as reports emerged that a secret Whitehall group has been working on emergency plans to slash taxes and tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Dubbed “Project After”, the high-level group is putting together a “Doomsday list of economic’levers we could pull if the economy is about to tank,” a source told the Financial Times.

  • Publisher: The Independent
  • Date: 2019-02-08T08:43:14+00:00
  • Author: Lizzy Buchan
  • Twitter: @independent
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European Union ambassadors are to step up no-deal Brexit preparations because of increased ‘uncertainty’ over a House of Commons vote after Labour’s threat to sink any agreement Theresa May brings before MPs.

The ambassadors will hold talks tonight in a rare ‘closed session’ amid extra secrecy. A restricted agenda, seen by The Times, reveals that for the first time the EU is explicitly planning for a parliamentary rejection of a Brexit deal.

‘Preparedness work has to intensify in the months ahead at national as well as EU level as uncertainty remains about the outcome of the negotiations and the ratification of a possible deal,’ the document circulated last week said.

David Davis backs Boris Johnson after scathing attack on Theresa May’s Brexit plan

David Davis has backed Boris Johnson who delivered a scathing attack on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, telling ITV News: “We have to be tough with the Europeans.”

The former Brexit secretary agreed with the ex-foreign secretary that the UK “needs to be stronger” in its negotiations with the EU, and that the Chequers plan “is not what we want”.

In an article for The Daily Telegraph Mr Johnson branded the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy a ‘fix’ that results in the UK gaining “diddly squat” when it “hands over ’40’billion of taxpayers’ money”, and will only lead to victory for the EU.

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