Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Irish government faces crisis at crunch time for Brexit

Irish government faces crisis at crunch time for Brexit

The talks were signalled in this week's Budget Red Book, which said: "Early in 2018, the government will publish a call for evidence which will consider the impact of Value-Added Tax and APD on tourism in Northern Ireland, to report at Budget 2018".

European Union leaders will decide at a December 14-15 summit whether there has been enough progress in Brexit talks to start discussions over Britain's future relations with the bloc.

A Brexit that works for Northern Ireland and for the United Kingdom.

The tweet follows Tusks meeting with Theresa May at the EU's Eastern Partnership Summit, where May was given a deadline of 4 December to make finalize the Brexit Bill in order to move forward with the next phase of negotiations.

"May agreed to this time frame", the source said.

In an interview with BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics show, she added: "But we are not there yet, let's wait and see what happens in Dublin over the coming days".

A further complication lay in Ireland, where Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who has warned of a veto without big British moves on the border issue, may call a snap election next week over a separate issue.

"There are still issues across the various matters that we are negotiating to be resolved", May told reporters when leaving Brussels.

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In his speech to the DUP conference this afternoon, Mr Dodds said: "If I'm honest, I did not believe that in 2017 we were heading for a hung Parliament where the DUP would hold the balance of power, but looking back I don't think it was an accident how things turned out". We have the same desire.

One of the key sticking points is a proposed piece of legislation to protect Irish language speakers in the region. The chances of sufficient progress in December were only 50-50.

This vote of no confidence could break the "confidence and supply" just before vital EU Brexit summit.

Barnier threw the Union's weight behind Ireland on Friday, telling Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney there was "strong solidarity for Ireland" and "Irish issues are EU issues".

So British officials are in the same position today as they were yesterday, as they seek to formulate a commitment to avoiding a hard Border which offers more than warm words to Dublin without triggering a mutiny among Brexiteers in the Conservative Party and the DUP.

Ireland's government is on the brink of collapse with crucial discussions over the future status of its border with Brexit-bound Britain set to clash with campaigning for new national elections.

Arlene Foster told her party's conference she wanted a "sensible Brexit" with a seamless Irish border, but said Northern Ireland could not operate under different rules to the rest of the UK.

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