UK's Brexit legislation to return to House of Commons on June 12

A ferry arriving at the Port of Dover’s Eastern Docks in England

A ferry arriving at the Port of Dover’s Eastern Docks in England

Prime Minister Theresa May revealed plans Thursday for Britain to temporarily align with European Union customs rules after Brexit as a fall-back option to resolve the Irish border problem, but only to 2021 in what was viewed as a compromise with eurosceptic ministers.

While welcoming the United Kingdom government's decision to engage "with us by proposing text", he said his team would examine the paper "objectively". However, the actual proposal didn't really include a firm end-date - only an aspiration that it "should be" time limited.

He questioned whether a temporary backstop could "secure the absence of a hard border in all circumstances" and said it might mean businesses and public authorities having to cope with several changes. "Why? Because it has been designed for the specific situation of Northern Ireland".

Secretary Davis is rumoured to be furious with Theresa May over "deliberate attempts" to foil Brexit.

Offering voters the opportunity to reverse their decision to leave the European Union.

"We look forward to the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill next week and hope that, whether various amendments are passed or defeated, we will have a clearer picture of what happens next".

And he added: "The UK tells us it wants to avoid any control". What is feasible with a territory the size of Northern Ireland is not necessarily feasible with the whole UK.

The event today kicks off a summer of campaigning by the group in 70 key seats throughout the country to try and swing the Brexit debate.

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But the government is struggling to find a way to fulfil this commitment while sticking to its plan to leave the EU's single market and customs union after Brexit. "We believe this is the right thing to do so that everyone's voice can be heard", Eloise Todd, the chief executive of the campaign, said in the launch ceremony.

Over the past 24 hours there were veiled threats that the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, might resign if a deadline was not set on the extension of customs arrangements.

Mr Barnier said he continues to have "great respect" for the prime minister.

But, under pressure from her DUP allies at Westminster, the prime minister dismissed the plan, explaining it threatened the "constitutional integrity" of the UK.

"We'd agreed it should be time-limited and we were clear that it was important that it was sent to the commission".

But Charlie Elphicke, who represents Dover and Deal, said there was "scepticism" over HMRC's figures, telling Mr Thompson that most estimates put Brexit customs costs at 1% of trade value rather than 5%.

But he did underline that the European Union could not accept offering Britain the same "regulatory alignment" terms for easy access to the single market as it was offering to Northern Ireland. Offshore Marine People Academy (OMPA), who train and provide personnel for the offshore and marine industries, have echoed the calls of sister company OMM for full consideration of the offshore renewables industry by Parliament as the EU Withdrawal Bill returns to the Commons.

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