UK Govt brushes off Brexit threat by N. Irish allies

Losing the party's support in the Commons would mean possible defeat on the budget and a no-confidence vote for Theresa May

The deal believed to be on the table involves keeping the whole United Kingdom in an "arrangement" that effectively preserves the existing EU customs union, ensuring the goods continue to move freely over the Irish land border regardless of the future trade relationship between London and Brussels.

Barnier told small business leaders that the talks were "continuing intensively this week, day and night, with the aim. of having a deal within reach, if we follow through to the end of this negotiations, on October 17".

Barnier said Brexit would trigger the need for customs, Value-Added Tax and compliance checks with EU standards between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the event that a planned "backstop" were triggered because a future EU-UK trade deal was not sufficient in itself to ensure the land frontier was not a "hard border".

"In the next two weeks we'll be deciding what we're going to do and I think, in all honesty Tamara, that everything is on the table, and the implications of that are clear", he said.

The European Union is doing all it can to ensure checks on goods moving across Northern Ireland's borders would be made "in the least intrusive way possible", for example on ferries, at ports or in factories of origin, he said.

For industrial goods, he said it could be done by "market surveilance authorities", on-site in the companies.

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"Our challenge is to make sure that these procedures are as easy as possible and not burdensome", he said in his speech in the European Parliament, which ended with a standing ovation.

The prime minister summoned members of the Brexit "war cabinet" on Thursday to build support for the terms of the withdrawal agreement before seeking the backing of her full cabinet and the rest of her party.

Barnier said he realised such checks were politically hard but this was the outcome of Britons voting to leave the EU.

Barnier also hit out at May's post-Brexit plan to keep the United Kingdom aligned to the EU on goods but not other areas as it would give British business "a major competitive advantage" over its European counterparts.

The warning, amid continued opposition from May's own Conservative MPs to her Brexit strategy, further raised the stakes as negotiators seek a breakthrough ahead of a summit of European Union leaders on October 18. The sides will continue negotiations through the weekend with hopes for a breakthrough as early as Monday.

Scottish Minister David Mundell suggested the DUP would come around, saying the alternative was either a government led by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn or a Brexit next March without any deal at all. That would be to finalise work on a declaration of close future ties with Britain that would also be part of the Brexit package.

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