Downing Street about secret Brexit-deal: ‘speculation’

The British government denies that there is a deal deal is about the ‘Irish question’, the biggest stumbling block in the Brexit negotiations. According to The Sunday Times has prime minister Theresa May hefty concessions, but Downing Street calls the message ‘speculation’.

After the Brexit would Britain still be part remain of the customs union, which makes the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland remains open. That is, according to the British newspaper The Sunday Times, the content of a secret agreement on the grenskwestie – by far the hardest chapter in the Brexit negotiations. Thanks to that secret agreement would have a hard Brexit be avoided, this would require an additional clause to be included in the agreement.

But a spokesman of the British government denies that there is a settled agreement. “We have only good progress made for our future relations’, it was compared to news agency AFP. The message of The Times is ‘speculation’.

Saturday and warned the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar that the relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom threatens ‘to unravel’ as a result of the British withdrawal from the European Union. That way conducted Varadkar the press of a secret agreement seemed then absolutely no question…


Also on the European continent the word ‘premature’ in the mouth is taken. It is expected that there are still a few days and/or weeks feverishly to be negotiated. A new EU-summit on the Brexit comes only when the chord there is.

The clock is ticking, because the Brexit should on 29 march 2019 to be completed. The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, whose prime minister May, nor the European Union wants, that it is after the Brexit a ‘hard limit’ is, remains the most contentious point of discussion. Both parties are afraid that a hard border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the fragile peace in the formerly civil war-torn region at risk. But London and Brussels were so far not agree on that, in practice, can be avoided. A draft agreement that May, in July, proposed the so-called Chequers-plan, was previously rejected by the other member states of the EU.

Walk the negotiations than yet again? There is also arguments about the interpretation of the so-called ‘backstop’, a stopgap that in effect would have to act as the EU and the United Kingdom, not to a timely agreement. Downing Street emphasised, however, that progress is being made.

Captains of industry

In the meantime, also have more than 70 captains of industry make themselves heard. They signed an open letter, also published in The Sunday Times, in which binding is called for a second referendum on the Brexit. Among the business leaders the director of the renowned book stores, Waterstones, James Daunt, and the co-founder of,, Martha Lane Fox.

According to the signatories of the open letter will have a hard Brexit economic relationships with the EU harm. ‘That discourages investment, and thus will be a bad thing for companies and therefore also for the working British.’ The 70 feel cold caught. “We now have the choice between an uncertain or a destructive hard Brexit. Since the two choices not included in the referendum of 2016, we believe that the ultimate choice back to the audience should go with a new mood.’

Or they started thuishalen, is the question. Premier May is not in the least inclined to the referendum re-organize.

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