Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.48am BST The Dutch foreign affairs minister Stef Blok gave a relatively downbeat assessment of the prospects of a Brexit deal when he arrived for the EU general affairs council meeting in Luxembourg earlier. Asked what had to happen for there to be a deal this week, he replied:The UK proposal contained some step forward, but not enough to guarantee that the internal market will be protected. Of course consumers, companies in the Netherlands, have to be assured that there will not be byways through the Northern Irish border for products out of the European Union. It is up to the UK to confirm … that the integrity of the single market will be protected.Dutch Foreign Minister @ministerBlok voices EU central concern with the UK proposals: That suspect goods from elsewhere in the world could get into the EU Single Market through Northern Ireland. #brexit #GAC pic.twitter.com/9LHKB54gpk 9.36am BST From BloombergThe pound climbs toward a 3-month high after EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s optimistic Brexit comments https://t.co/CMuxLaBOld pic.twitter.com/MreE4TFVbu Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2019-10-15 08:50:27
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