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Will the Irish border issue trip up Brexit?

03 December 2017, 01:44 | Damon Campbell

Brussels braces for Brexit make-or-break day

Minister Leo Varadkar as he speaks with the press as he arrives for an EU summit in Goteborg Sweden. Ireland's governing party and main opposition are on Tuesday Nov. 28 2017 holding

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.

The British Government is reportedly close to reaching a solution on the Irish border after Brexit.

Goodbody Stockbrokers has today warned that diplomatic efforts to reach agreement on the issue of the Irish border will hit a peak over the coming days, determining whether "sufficient progress" can be declared at the December European Council summit in two weeks time.

Mentioning British Prime Minister Theresa May's request that a final offer is put on the table by December 4, Tusk added that after that: "We can assess whether sufficient progress can be made at the upcoming European Council". "That reality has appeared inconsistent to us with the position of the United Kingdom in leaving the customs union and single market".

All sides have insisted that there can be no return to a hard border, and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made it clear that Ireland will block the talks from moving forward unless a solution is "written down in practical terms in the conclusions of phase one".

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The DUP yesterday warned that allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the single market alone would be "deeply destablising" to the coalition agreement.

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.

DUP Party officials have suggested they view convergence as tantamount to keeping Northern Ireland within the customs union - thus creating a new unofficial border between Northern Ireland and the UK.

Saying Northern Ireland could not fall under any customs regime separate from that governing the rest of the United Kingdom, the MP's position is directly at odds with the Government's reported proposal.



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