Davis Sees `Regulatory Alignment' Post-Brexit for All of UK

Andrew Cummings
December 6, 2017

"Negotiations are in progress and very good progress has been made", she told parliament. "The PM said she expected to reconvene talks with the commission later this week".

It is only a matter of time before hardliners will also accept that the only way to prevent a hard border with Ireland is for Northern Ireland to remain in the EU customs union and single market in all but name.

Johnson said Wednesday that "the best way to sort it out is to get onto the second phase of the negotiations, where all these hard issues can be properly teased out, thrashed out, and solved". A British spokesman said: "With plenty of discussions still to go, Monday will be an important staging post on the road to the crucial December Council".

They once suggested Britain could leave without a deal.

European Union leaders have given Mrs May a deadline of the end of this week to resolve outstanding issues in order to draft an agenda in time for a crucial European Union summit on December 14-15 and open this second phase of talks.

Bound by previous EU internal agreements not to share the draft until May has formally committed Britain to covering outstanding EU payments, guaranteeing EU citizens' rights and an open border for Northern Ireland, Tusk must now wait until May returns and EU negotiator Michel Barnier has signed off a deal.

The development could help end the stalemate in Brexit negotiations, which broke up on Monday in a disagreement over how far the rules of trade in Northern Ireland will be allowed to differ from those in the Irish Republic. "We need to clear the Brexit hurdles first before the FX market can respond to better economic data", he said.

Ireland has called on Britain to provide details of how it will ensure there is no "regulatory divergence" after Brexit in March 2019 that would require physical border controls.

Colm Kelpie, who writes on Brexit for the Irish Independent, says Mrs May has "little wriggle room" in her talks with the Democratic Unionists, and expresses amazement that the "DUP was not already on board if the wording of a text was agreed that was acceptable to the Irish Government". "The Irish government remains hopeful", the official said.

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