LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) - Britain's government should urgently unveil its plans for tariffs in the case of a no-deal Brexit, lawmakers said on Wednesday after media reports that levies could be slashed for up to 90 percent of imports. "We have heard what you don't want; we are willing to know what you want".
Barnier met on Tuesday with United Kingdom attorney general Geoffrey Cox and Brexit minister Stephen Barclay over dinner in the Belgian capital.
The British government has confirmed details of measures that would ensure flights continuity in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority said in an announcement on Thursday.
"I am surprised to hear the comments that have emerged over the last 48 hours the proposals are not clear".
"There is a very hard set of choices that have to be made if we were to leave without a deal", business minister Greg Clark told the BBC earlier on Wednesday.
Pro-EU and anti-Brexit supporters attach banners to railings outside the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., March 7, 2019.
The pursuit of alternative arrangements is a particular demand of eurosceptic lawmakers in May's party who strongly opposed her deal but have suggested they could be persuaded to back an amended agreement if the backstop was only temporary or Britain could exit it unilaterally.
He said "they run the risk of us moving away from their preferred course of action if we don't get this deal through on Tuesday". Any extension to the Article 50 process, under which the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 29 March, would need the unanimous approval of the EU. The EU, however, is keen to avoid an extension that goes beyond May's European Elections and any delay must be justified. "Both sides want to find a way through this and we're hoping for that success to happen this weekend in time for the vote". The mechanism, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the U.K.in a customs union with the other 27 EU countries in order to remove the need for checks until a permanent new trading relationship is in place.
Much hangs on Geoffrey Cox, the United Kingdom government's Attorney-General, and whether he changes his advice to MPs.
In afternoon USA trading, Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the European Union side of the Brexit talks, reported the European Union offered a proposal aimed to make the Irish backstop more acceptable among British lawmakers in a bid for them to approve a Brexit deal. This was a positive meeting and it is clear that the Article 50 team have concerns for business and communities in Ireland and across the United Kingdom, but the fact remains that hard Brexit means a hard border and the disintegration of supply chains that have been built up 40 years of European Union membership.