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EP is concerned about impact of Brexit on Irish border

Although the United Kingdom will continue bilateral defence arrangements with EU member states after Brexit as seen here with British and Polish tanks exercising in Poland it will lose its current influence and power when it comes to Union-level policy EP is concerned about impact of Brexit on Irish border
Andrew Cummings | 30 November, 2017, 13:58

Britain could technically remain a member of the European Union after 2019 to secure special status for Northern Ireland, a London law firm has suggested.

As well as agreeing a financial settlement, the Prime Minister also needs to meet the EU's requirement for "sufficient progress" on Irish border issues and citizens' rights before the EU27 will sanction the second phase of Brexit negotiations. There is undoubtedly an ever-increasing usage of nasty, jingoistic language by certain sections of the Brexit brigade, built on the shaky mythology of past imperial glory and imagined superiority.

It comes amid growing concerns in Europe that the impasse over the Border question is unresolved because of the uncompromising position of the DUP, which is propping up the Tory government.

"The people of the North spoke very loudly and very clearly during the EU Referendum affirming that we wanted to remain full members of the European Union".

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".

Businesses are desperate for negotiations to start on the transition deal that Britain wants to put in place after Brexit and also for talks to get going on trade - where the real battle begins.

"There are a number of ways in which we can ensure that for the future and look forward to having more detailed discussions on that as we move into phase two of the negotiations".

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The paper quoted sources in Dublin as saying that there had been "movement" on the issue and confidence was growing that agreement could be reached in time for next month's summit in Brussels.

They were then asked to draw, on a blank map of Ireland, a line that they thought represented the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

'We need political solutions now and we are not getting them from the UK Government'.

During a visit to Iraq, the Prime Minister insisted that the United Kingdom was "still in negotiations" with Brussels and that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed".

The British and Irish Chamber of Commerce has come up with a plan, which combines British ideas for new customs arrangements with European Union rules to chart a new route through what presently seems like an impossible blockage.

In Ireland, as well as keeping the border open, the GFA would be reanimated by a new economic agenda and a possible threat to peace on the border would be lifted.

"We are not about convergence here, we are about co-operation", said the North Antrim MP.

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