EU's Barnier voices doubt about Brexit border plan

Former British PM calls for new referendum on Brexit

Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister who chairs the BSG, said: "We have yet to see a legislative proposal from the United Kingdom government, despite repeated commitments made by Prime Minister May".

"My concern is that other (EU) member states are not doing this", he said of the British government's contingency planning.

In her statement, May said that Raab, who she appointed following the resignation just over two weeks ago of her previous Brexit secretary David Davis, would be her deputy in the negotiations with the EU.

She added: "We would all suffer".

The European Commission official added: "The EU can not - and will not - delegate the application of its customs policy and rules, VAT and excise duty collection to a non-member, who would not be subject to the EU's governance structures".

"We have no objection in principle to this but we have doubts that it can be done without putting at risk the integrity of our customs union or commercial policy or regulatory policy", said Mr Barnier.

Some 72% of Britons lack confidence in her ability to reach a good deal with Brussels, the worst rating the Prime Minister has had in the Ipsos MORI political monitor.

As before the referendum, when President of the European Council Donald Tusk warned Brits that voting to Leave could mean "the end of Western political civilisation" and David Cameron asked then-U.S. President Barack Obama to threaten to send the country to the "back of the queue" for a trade deal, former Remain campaigner Theresa May appears to have support from overseas for her scare tactics.

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Pro-EU campaigners seized on Mr Barnier's remarks to push their case for a second EU referendum.

"It will certainly be something that we bring up and talk about", the USA president said.

The authors of Feeding Britain: Food security after Brexit suggest that the government is making contingency plans to suspend food regulations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to ease the movement of food across borders.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces being hobbled by the EU's rejection of key planks of her departure plan, stoking fears of a hard Brexit as calls grow for a second referendum. He is, however, seriously concerned about much of the details of the plan.

The comments came as Mr Raab indicated he was still trying to persuade all members of the Cabinet that Theresa May's Chequers compromise agreement was "the best plan to get the best deal".

Britain is set to leave the bloc on March 30, but the two sides want to strike the divorce agreement by late October in order to give parliaments enough time to endorse a deal.

For the first time, a plurality supported a second vote, with 42 percent backing the idea as opposed to 40 percent who would not want another referendum.

For the Liberal Democrats, Christine Jardine said the prime minister's White Paper was "struggling to survive".

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