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Irish want no hard border pledge in writing

Irish want no hard border pledge in writing

Under the plan the Northern Ireland Executive would be given sweeping authority to keep laws in the province close to the European Union single market rules.

The Democratic Unionist MP made the suggestion to a committee in Westminster examining the future of the Irish Border after Brexit. There is undoubtedly an ever-increasing usage of nasty, jingoistic language by certain sections of the Brexit brigade, built on the shaky mythology of past imperial glory and imagined superiority.

Asked whether she will meet the Republic of Ireland's demand for a written guarantee there won't be a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, Mrs May said: "There is no difference between myself and the parties in Northern Ireland and the Irish Government in wanting to ensure that there will be no hard border".

Reports in The Times today suggest both the United Kingdom and Brussels could agree the system in principle to allow wider trade talks to begin despite the Northern Ireland Executive having been suspended for nearly a year amid a deep political stalemate. "What would really solve the problem - and it would be in everyone's interest - would be if Ireland left [the European Union also]".

Some of the comments provided by those surveyed seemed to reveal a tension with Ireland's firm position on Brexit, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisting that talks can not progress to trade issues until Britain guarantees that there will be no hard border, a stance that led to English politician Kate Hoey, who grew up in Northern Ireland, saying that Ireland would have to pay for a hard border if there is no Brexit deal.

"Obviously they're separated by water and then to have another hard border with the Republic of Ireland, it would shut them off a lot I suppose", a young woman says.

The paper said agreement on Ireland would pave the way for a quick "standstill" transition deal to be agreed in January so long term trade talks can finally start. "If there is no border we might as well do away with the internal market".

One senior European Union source said the final agreement was unlikely to emerge before the weekend as the Irish push for last-minute concessions before the progress meeting between May and Juncker on Monday.

"We are not about convergence here, we are about co-operation".

"In the same way as we have seen movement in the last 24 hours in relation to the financial settlement, I expect that we will see movement in this regard in the next few days as well", Ireland's European Union commissioner Phil Hogan told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday.

Mr Paisley is one of 10 DUP pro-Brexit MPs who are propping up Theresa May's minority government on key votes.

All sides are agreed on their objective to move forward without jeopardising peace in Ireland and there is widespread agreement on continuing the longstanding "common travel area" that allows free movement between the two countries.