DUP: Theresa May's open border plan a basis for progress

DUP: Theresa May's open border plan a basis for progress

The UK has said it will now allow European Union migrants entering the UK during the Brexit transition period to live, work and study as under current rules which amounts to a relatively under-reported concession made by the UK to the European Union in order to press negotiations forward.

"It was the UK that decided that it would leave the European Union, it was the UK that invoked article 50, and at the end of the day, we have to be clear, everything in paragraph 50 of the agreement that was agreed in December is what was insisted upon by the United Kingdom".

The British have failed to come up with a solution of their own for a frictionless border - something all sides are committed to, fearing that reestablishing a customs border could well risk a violent backlash from die-hard Irish Republican Army militiamen and re-ignite sectarian hostilities.

In a speech Friday outlining her vision for future economic ties, May said: "U.K. and European Union regulatory standards will remain substantially similar in the future".

May outlined one option of a "customs partnership" under which Britain and the EU would carry out customs functions for each other for goods in transit that originate from other non-EU nations, "removing the need for customs processes at the UK-EU border".

Mr Tusk is expected to present the Prime Minister with the draft guidelines of the EU's negotiating position on the final UK-EU trading relationship, which is set to be discussed once the terms of a transition period have been agreed.

May, whose party is riven by internal conflict, has not explained how she plans to address major stumbling blocks that threaten to derail talks with the EU.

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Donald Tusk, one of the EU's most senior officials, piled pressure on Theresa May to stay in the customs union on Thursday, as he claimed that putting Northern Ireland under the EU's control to avoid a post-Brexit hard border was a "wise" solution. Such checks are, according to the European Union, needed because Britain will no longer be subject to the bloc's rules on, for example, animal health and other standards and Brexit will create a land border with the EU.

She briefed her cabinet this morning about the details of the speech. The lawmakers said that retaining access to the single market was crucial for the industry, which supports 900,000 jobs.

If adopted by the remaining EU 27 countries at the next EU Council summit in March, the guidelines will become the mandate for EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier as Brexit talks progress later this year. "We urge the government to ... pursue an exercise in damage limitation in the negotiations".

"It's not OK for people, whether pro-Brexit politicians in Britain or parties in Northern Ireland, to just say no now", Varadkar said. But no such proposal has materialized.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister warned the EU that a draft legal text proposing a "common regulatory area" on the island of Ireland, which would in effect keep Northern Ireland in EU Customs Union, would risk the constitutional integrity of the UK.

DUP MEP Diane Dodds said it amounted to an "intolerable interference" in the internal affairs of the UK.


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