Brexit day revealed: Britain will leave the European Union on THIS date

Ivan Schwartz
November 13, 2017

At home, May's government is facing a rough ride in parliament on the withdrawal bill, which forms the central plank of her Brexit strategy. Allowing Northern Ireland to stay in the customs union would mean putting a border between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.

Although there would need to be "specific solutions" for the unique position of Northern Ireland "this can not amount to creating a new border inside our United Kingdom".

"Let me be clear, we can not have anything resulting in a new border being set up with in the UK", said Mr Davis after the sixth round of UK-EU talks on citizens' rights, the Irish border, and the UK's "divorce bill".

The one-page paper stated that in order to preserve the Good Friday Agreement peace deal, the Brexit divorce deal must respect "the integrity of the internal market and the customs union". The key part of the EU negotiating document leaked on Thursday evening pointed out that if a Border was to be avoided,"regulatory divergence" must be avoided on the island of Ireland from the rules of the internal market and customs union.

Mr Barnier said today's negotiations had made "some progress" but more work was needed on specific issues.

However, the leaked talking points paper entitled "Dialogue on Ireland/Northern Ireland" shows Irish officials now pushing hard for concrete reassurance on the Border question ahead of a crucial European Union leaders' summit in December.

"Only sufficient progress - that is to say honest and real progress - on the three main key issues of these negotiations will enable the triggering of the second phase of our negotiation", he said.

"But we need to see flexibility, imagination and willingness to make progress on both sides if these negotiations are to succeed", he added. "We have consistently taxes and funding and enterprise and entrepreneurs and customs and borders but really children are the [.] people who are going to be living in this new reality in the future and we really need to take their voices and their rights seriously", he said.

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Kerr said the British government has misled voters into believing the process is unstoppable.

The discussions are ramping up ahead of a crunch summit of European leaders next month - which will decide whether to start talks on future trade arrangements.

Mr Brokenshire said he found it "difficult to imagine how Northern Ireland could somehow remain "in" while the rest of the country leaves". Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland.

A deadlock in the negotiations meant there was no breakthrough at the summit of European Union leaders on 14 and 15 October.

On Monday, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said in a speech in Brussels that it would be "impossible" for Northern Ireland to remain in the customs union and single market, while the rest of the United Kingdom remained outside. The EU is suggesting to London that the current Border fudge is not enough.

At the last round of talks, significant progress was made in terms of agreeing joint principles on maintaining the CTA between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

But its articulation of the customs union and single market issues are likely to prompt fierce resistance from the DUP.

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