Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

United Kingdom and European Union edge toward Brexit deal as Ireland is final hurdle

United Kingdom and European Union edge toward Brexit deal as Ireland is final hurdle

"There is a fundamental contradiction in terms of managing an all-Ireland economy in the areas where we have agreed to have north-south co-operation and at the same time the clear statements coming from the British negotiating team - that they're leaving the customs union, leaving the single market, leaving the European Union and all of the United Kingdom will leave under the same terms".

He said that having ruled out an Irish proposal for Northern Ireland to remain part of the single market and the customs union, it was up to the British to say how they could get round the need for border checks. 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.

However it is on Ireland that the rest of the European Union will be sceptical of whether she has moved enough, because they will question how she can guarantee an open border with the Republic - unless she also explicitly promises a degree of regulatory convergence between the United Kingdom and European Union that would obviate the need for burdensome customs checks.

In principle, Britain flouncing out of the European Union shouldn't hurt anybody except the British themselves, but the UK's Irish border is a nightmare.

However, appearing on BBC2's Newsnight, Mr Creed said that they had yet to see a workable solution from the UK. "So we will make sure that we will do everything in our power so people can go on with our daily lives and that our commitments under the Belfast Agreement are met".

Downing Street has said the whole of the United Kingdom will leave both the customs union and the single market when it leaves the EU in 2019.

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He said a referendum would be the only way to "solve this democratically" and he had been "rubbished on Twitter" by the DUP when he initially suggested the Irish border would present an issue.

DExEU would not comment on a report by Newsnight that the two sides would put a figure on the final settlement, with the British view that it would come to between £40 to £45 billion with an "absolute cap" at £45 billion. We can't even draw the border.

"I think our neighbour has acted disgracefully".

Mr Paisley is one of 10 DUP pro-Brexit MPs who are propping up Theresa May's minority government on key votes. The Democratic Unionist party, which holds the balance of power in the House of Commons, said it would not tolerate anything that decoupled Northern Ireland from the UK.

In Ireland, as well as keeping the border open, the GFA would be reanimated by a new economic agenda and a possible threat to peace on the border would be lifted.

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

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