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Ireland, EU in agreement over post-Brexit UK border

Ireland, EU in agreement over post-Brexit UK border

But any attempt at a solution will have to convince Northern Ireland's pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 members of parliament are propping up May's government.

London's proposal would allow "Regulatory Convergence" or the adoption of European Union industry standards by Northern Ireland to continue in an attempt to minimize the disruption of trade between it and the Republic of Ireland.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's taioseach, said there had been "good progress" in relation to all three key post-Brexit issues: citizens' rights, the financial settlement, and the Irish border.

"We do not now see how it will be possible to reconcile there being no border with the Government's policy of leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, which will inevitably make the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the EU's customs border with the United Kingdom".

"We want the negotiations to move on to phase two so we can talk about our future trade relationship".




I view the so-called problem of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland nothing more than the Republic of Ireland using an opportune moment to capitalise on Britain's/Brexit's refusal to accept the European Union single market and customs union.

The Exiting the EU Committee in the House of Commons said it appeared impossible to marry the decision to pull out of the single market and customs union with the intention to create a "frictionless" border.

The Irish premier's comments came in a joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk after they met in the Irish capital Dublin.

"If the United Kingdom offer is unacceptable for Ireland it will also be unacceptable for the European Union".

The border between EU-member Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland will be the UK's only land frontier with the bloc after Brexit, and Dublin fears a hard border could disrupt 20 years of delicate peace in Northern Ireland.


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