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European Union to offer Irish border compromise in Brexit talks

The UK and EU both want to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland but have yet to reach an agreement on how it will function European Union to offer Irish border compromise in Brexit talks
Theresa Hayes | 07 November, 2018, 09:43

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose 10 MPs prop up Theresa May's government, warned on Tuesday that the United Kingdom is heading for a no-deal Brexit, even after Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar on Monday signalled a willingness to consider a review process for the Northern Ireland backstop.

Senior ministers are on standby for an emergency Cabinet meeting to approve a Brexit withdrawal deal as hopes rise that agreement with Brussels could be in sight.

And sources said that the separate "future framework" on EU-UK trade had made such progress that it could be wrapped up quite quickly once the cabinet had made its decision.

Mrs May assured ministers that there would be another Cabinet before any agreement is settled, though her official spokesman said no extra meeting has yet been scheduled ahead of the regular weekly gathering next Tuesday.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier stressed the United Kingdom would have to come up with a proposal that satisfied its 27 nations that its single market would not be undermined and that there was a guarantee of no hard border in Ireland.

"This has been committed to by the United Kingdom in order to have a withdrawal agreement".

With a Brexit deal nearing completion with Brussels, the PM is trying to secure the agreement of her cabinet to press on with finalising the terms for Brexit.

Leo Varadkar says the agreement must remain in place unless another one supercedes it.

"There is still a real point of divergence on the way of guaranteeing peace in Ireland, that there are no borders in Ireland, while protecting the integrity of the single market".

Jeffrey Donaldson, an MP from Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May's government, said Dublin's refusal to budge could scupper a deal.

In a phone conversation with the Irish taoiseach on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May said any agreement would have to include a review mechanism to bring an end to the backstop.

But he made clear that he would not accept an arrangement which gave the United Kingdom unilateral powers to ditch the customs union without the agreement of Brussels.

Under the deal, the European Union would accept that regulatory checks on goods can be carried out in factories and shops rather than at the border, the Times said.

"Such an outcome will have serious consequences for economy of Irish Republic.

Can't understand why Irish Government seems so intent on this course".

The wrangling over whether there would be a deal to leave the European Union by Brexit day on March 29 came as a poll suggested Britons would rather stay after all.

All pet owners are now being told to ensure they have the correct health protection documents in place for the possibility of a no deal Brexit. "Given that neither was on the ballot in 2016, we believe the ultimate choice should be handed back to the public with a People's Vote".