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Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

DUP Brexit meeting with Barnier 'constructive' but calls for 'greater flexibility'


Among its suggestions was that should no other agreement be reached, Northern Ireland remain in the customs union, creating, in effect, a border within the United Kingdom between the mainland and Northern Ireland - a proposal that was welcomed by the Republic of Ireland, though outright rejected by the government of Theresa May.

It also claims she addressed her comments mainly at a "domestic audience, trying to bridge the gaps between the two poles of the debate on Brexit in the UK".

In anticipation of Mrs May's speech, Michel Barnier warned the EU27 in a speech on 1 March 2018 that the "economic and political benefits of the Single Market, of the Customs Union and staying together in the EU are far bigger than any possible cost of Brexit" and that "the EU can not and will not compromise on its founding principles".

He also joined Varadkar in calling on the British government for more detail on its Brexit plans. It's driving a coach and horses through the EU's principles of no hard borders. She said Britain may choose to commit some areas of regulations like state aid and competition to remaining in step with the EU's, and guaranteed that Britain would not "engage in a race to the bottom on workers' rights or the environment".

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Echoing last Friday's major speech on Brexit, Mrs May said: "We will not go back to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland". "It would be an economic catastrophe if we allowed a border between ourselves and the rest of the U.K".

Mrs Foster's DUP MPs hold the key to Mrs May's slender Westminster majority. "The December agreement needs to be translated fully and not some elements of it dismissed in order to fulfil one particular outcome".

The party may also stress that after Brexit, Northern Ireland companies must have unfettered access to markets across the UK.

Sturgeon said she was also was not ready to give Scotland's consent to legislation Britain must pass to formally end its European Union membership.

"The Taoiseach is absolutely correct to say that the substantive negotiation is between the British government on one hand and the European Union member states collectively on the other and in our view it is important to maintain that dynamic", she said. "It talks about giving the north-south ministerial council powers".

"Financial services are referenced in, for example, the deal with Canada", she said. "Sorry, the European Union does not have the right to go into the Belfast agreement in that fashion". She said that the infrastructure on that border largely related to checking the movement of people rather than goods, which moved freely.

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