Ireland, EU in agreement over post-Brexit UK border

Marsha Scott
December 3, 2017

Right now, the U.K.'s government is being propped up by a small party from Northern Ireland.

A mis-step by May could bring down the British government or spook British businesses fearful of a cliff-edge Brexit without a transition deal.

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.

Negotiators are reportedly planning a Brexit deal that keeps the border as it is now - but that'd involve giving Northern Ireland different trade rules than the rest of the United Kingdom, which the DUP argues is unfair.

Goodbody Stockbrokers has today warned that diplomatic efforts to reach agreement on the issue of the Irish border will hit a peak over the coming days, determining whether "sufficient progress" can be declared at the December European Council summit in two weeks time.

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He said: "The one thing that the European Union doesn't want is a divergence in regulatory standards between the north and south of Ireland, if that was to happen then you would need a hard border".

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 infrastructure.

The party ratcheted up the pressure on Thursday by suggesting it might withdraw its support for May's government.

A spokeswoman said: "As we leave the European Union, we are working hard to secure the best possible deal for our fishermen - one that will protect our strong ties with Ireland while allowing our coastal communities to thrive".

This is why Donald Tusk's meeting today with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has a special importance.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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