Brexit talks finally make 'sufficient progress' as May and Juncker do deal

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

Theresa May earlier this week considered keeping Northern Ireland subject to numerous EU's rules, regulations, and standards to effectively keep the Province in the EU's Single Market and Customs Union, in exchange for keeping the border with the Irish Republic open.

The pro-British DUP party which props up May's government refused Monday's draft deal over a phrase suggesting there would be "regulatory alignment" with the European Union after Brexit - effectively putting Northern Ireland under European Union law.

British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to agree a deal to open talks on a Brexit trade deal with the European Union on December 4 as the Democratic Unionist Party objected to proposals to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister is under pressure to make progress in talks with Brussels amid an impasse over the border.

The House of Lords EU committee's report "Brexit: deal or no deal" said on Thursday Britain should consider extending membership of the European Union or set a later date for leaving to give the government longer to negotiate a trade deal.

"It is moving quite quickly at the moment", the Irish official told a British Irish Chamber of Commerce event in Brussels.

In a statement released on Friday morning, Ms Foster said the measures set out by the United Kingdom government in August could ensure that "there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic when we leave the European Union". I say hours because I think we are very close.

Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: 'It went right down to the wire, but businesses will be breathing a huge sigh of relief'. A disagreement over borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland almost derailed the deal this week.

By accepting most of the EU's demands, the United Kingdom has now won the prize it has been seeking since March - the right to start discussing relations between the two when Britain parts ways with the bloc after 40 years.

The DUP insists it will not accept any agreement in which Northern Ireland was treated differently from the rest of the UK.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) insists that Northern Ireland, as part of the United Kingdom, must leave the European Union in the same way as the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Government I lead will never be neutral when it comes to expressing our support for the Union.

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