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Future of Irish border remains an obstacle in Brexit talks

Future of Irish border remains an obstacle in Brexit talks

Arrangements which would effectively allow Northern Ireland to remain part of the European single union would prevent the return of a "hard border" between the North and the Republic of Ireland.

Ms Foster had issued a statement warning it would not accept "any form of regulatory divergence which separates Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the UK".

She said negotiators from both sides would re-enage by the end of the week.

Theresa May's attempts to make a major breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations were scuppered at the last minute by a furious Democratic Unionist Party amid concerns around the Northern Irish border. "It was reported as if it was true, and now it turns out it was propaganda from the Irish Government", he said.

While Prime Minister Theresa May has previously insisted the entire United Kingdom will leave the single market, European Council president Donald Tusk made clear that Brexit talks cannot move on to trade issues unless the United Kingdom can satisfy Dublin there will be no return to a strictly-controlled border in Ireland.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (Dec 4) after Britain appeared to pull back from a predicted deal with European Union leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit. The legislature, which must approve any withdrawal treaty if a disruptive Brexit is to be avoided in March 2019, has demanded that European Union courts have the final say in guaranteeing rights for 3 million European Union citizens in Britain.

There was even talk of Mrs May's set-piece lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, being used to thrash out the terms of a trade deal, with the terms of the divorce deal already in the bag. "But on a couple of issues some differences do remain which require further negotiation and consultation".

The EU has demanded "sufficient progress" on key withdrawal issues - the UK's exit payment, citizens' rights and Irish border - before the second phase can start.

"We now have a common understanding on most related issues with just two or three open for discussion".

"Not every single question has to be answered but we need sufficient progress on these very sensitive issues".

The Prime Minister is reliant on any support from the party as the DUP is propping up her government with its 10 MPs.

Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed that the British government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier today".