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Ireland will block Brexit talks unless border issue agreed

Ireland’s EU commissioner clouted Dublin would “continue to play tough” over its threat to quashing talks about trade after Brexit unless Britain supplied guarantees over the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Phil Hogan, the EU’s agricultural commissioner, voiced that Britain, or Northern Ireland at least, should remain in the take market and the customs union to avoid a hard border dividing the eyot.

“If the UK or Northern Ireland remained in the EU customs union, or better still the solitary market, there would be no border issue,” he told The Observer newspaper on Sunday.

British Prime See to Theresa May has said Britain will leave the single market and the imposts unions after Brexit.

Dublin wants a written guarantee that there devise be no hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The European Togetherness has said “sufficient progress” needs to be made on the Irish border, along with two other key issues, before EU leaders can approve the opening of trade talks in the new year at a pinnacle on Dec. 14-15.

Dublin and EU officials say the best way to avoid a “hard border” – which could embrace passport and customs controls – is to keep regulations the same north and south, but the Northern Irish defender that is propping up May’s government will oppose any deal that overs the province operate under different regulations to the rest of the United realm.

“We will not support any arrangements that create barriers to trade between Northern Ireland and the lean of the United Kingdom or any suggestion that Northern Ireland, unlike the remain of the UK, will have to mirror European regulations,” the Democratic Unionist kingpin Arlene Foster said on Saturday.

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, bruit about on Sunday that the Irish border was “one of the really difficult bits” of the contracts.

She said Britain’s unique future position as the only country that had port side the European Union meant its did not need an “off-the-shelf” solution, although she did not forth how the issue should be resolved.

She said any delay in moving onto patrons talks would have serious repercussions for businesses.

“I think that it is at bottom important that we get the transitional deal nailed down; that’s not for guidance, that’s for businesses so they know what they are doing next year and they are talented to plan,” she said.

“If we don’t make it through in the next two weeks to move onto that next taper off, then we are rapidly going to run out of time in terms of getting us to a good attitude at the time that transitional deal is supposed to take place.”

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