Today, Dominic Raab, the Brexit Secretary, informed MPs that the United Kingdom will be “ready for Brexit, deal or no deal.”
He said that the United Kingdom had received “positive and constructive feedback” from its counterparts in the European Union regarding its plans for Brexit.
While talking in the House of Commons, Raab stated: “pace and intensity have been injected into Brexit negotiations.”
He said that the United Kingdom had made some significant progress towards an “orderly and smooth” transition over the summer over issues which includes data protection and judicial procedures.
Raab said that the proposals of the European Union for a customs border down the Irish Sea are “unacceptable.” He also said that he would continue to strive to come up with a backstop solution for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
He said that the possibility of not reaching a Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union was “unlikely.” Raab also said that there was a spirit of compromise that would be helping the two sides reach an agreement.
Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, hit back stating that the statement of Raab “is not going to reassure anyone.”
Starmer continued: “The government has got six weeks to get this right, more of the same will not do.”
The Brexit proposal of the United Kingdom is dubbed as the Chequers plan. It has come under fire from Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Union. Barnier said that he is “strongly opposed” to the aspects of the plan.
It has also been highly criticised by both remain and leave supporting Tory MPs.
Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, said that Prime Minister Theresa May was negotiating with the European Union with the “white flag fluttering.” Also, Justine Greening, the former Education Secretary and a remain supporter, said that the plan was “more unpopular than the poll tax.”