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Brexit Border Deal Could Threaten The UK Government

Brexit Border Deal Could Threaten The UK Government

As Brexit negotiations finally whir into life in the wake of the United Kingdom government's divorce bill agreement, Prime Minister Theresa May is now struggling to reconcile the divergent demands of Brussels, Ireland and her junior Democratic Unionist partners in respect of the Northern Irish border and the European Customs Union.

Britain in the coming days needs to demonstrate "sufficient progress" on three key European Union conditions - a financial settlement, rights of expatriate citizens and the Irish border - for leaders to give a green light to trade talks at a summit on 14-15 December.

This is why Donald Tusk's meeting today with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a special importance.

"The period between now and the European Council in two weeks' time will be crucial", he said.

Right now, the U.K.'s government is being propped up by a small party from Northern Ireland.




THE British government's environment department has appeared to distance itself from a call by Ian Paisley to make a Brexit fisheries deal "extremely long, tedious and hard" for the Republic.

Tusk said: "It is their [U.K.'s] responsibility to propose a credible commitment to do what is necessary to avoid a hard border".

With significant progress on the financial settlement and citizen rights, a deal on the Irish border would pave the way for Brussels to offer British Prime Minister Theresa May a transition deal as early as January.

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.

A breakthrough on the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union is "doable" before the EU summit on December 14, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday.


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