Sunday, 26 November 2017

Ireland "to play tough to the end" over its threat to veto Brexit talks, Irish Republic's EU commissioner says

The Irish Republic's EU commissioner has said Dublin will "play tough to the end" over its threat to veto Brexit talks moving on to discuss trade.

The European Union has said "sufficient progress" has to be made on the Irish border before negotiations on the UK and EU's future relationship can begin.

Phil Hogan told the Observer staying in the customs union would avoid there being a hard border on the island.

The DUP said Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK must not be different.

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, which is in a confidence-and-supply arrangement with the Conservative government, said she would not support "any suggestion that Northern Ireland, unlike the rest of the UK, will have to mirror European regulations".
Downing Street has said the whole of the UK will leave both the customs union and the single market when it leaves the EU.

BBC     News.