Monday, 11 December, 2017

United Kingdom must produce 'credible' border plan to unlock Brexit talks - Irish PM

Brussels braces for Brexit make-or-break day United Kingdom must produce 'credible' border plan to unlock Brexit talks - Irish PM
Lillian Steele | 03 December, 2017, 01:46

The new Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney December 1 welcomed the reported proposal and confirmed to media outlets Dublin was in talks with Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which shares power with British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives on the proposals.

Ireland's premier on Friday called on London to provide a "credible" plan for the border separating his country from the United Kingdom once Britain leaves the European Union.

Avoiding a so-called "hard border" on the island of Ireland is the last major hurdle before Brexit talks can move to negotiations on Britain's future trade relationship with the European Union and a possible two-year Brexit transition deal.

Britain in the coming days needs to demonstrate "sufficient progress" on three key European Union conditions - a financial settlement, rights of expatriate citizens and the Irish border - for leaders to give a green light to trade talks at a summit on 14-15 December.

The DUP have threatened to withdraw from the "confidence and supply" arrangement that is propping up the British Government over the Irish border issue.

The EU will decide in mid-December whether there has been sufficient progress in Brexit negotiations to consider moving the talks to a further stage where future relations between the United Kingdom and the bloc are discussed.

The Exiting the EU Committee in the House of Commons said it appeared impossible to marry the decision to pull out of the single market and customs union with the intention to create a "frictionless" border.

I view the so-called problem of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland nothing more than the Republic of Ireland using an opportune moment to capitalise on Britain's/Brexit's refusal to accept the European Union single market and customs union.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May can't muster a majority in Parliament without DUP votes.

The European Council President Donald Tusk is due to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin tomorrow ahead of what will be an extremely busy weekend.

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