United Kingdom 'very close' to European Union divorce bill agreement

Katrina Barker
November 30, 2017

The pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which strongly supports British rule in Northern Ireland, has said it will not countenance the province operating under different regulations to the rest of the UK. There is undoubtedly an ever-increasing usage of nasty, jingoistic language by certain sections of the Brexit brigade, built on the shaky mythology of past imperial glory and imagined superiority.

To do this, the newspaper said, the government in London would devolve a package of powers to Northern Ireland to enable customs convergence with the Irish Republic on areas such as agriculture and energy.

"The EU is investing in smart borders technology in the Mediterranean, in the Balkans and in other areas where there are problems with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees".

Businesses are desperate for negotiations to start on the transition deal that Britain wants to put in place after Brexit and also for talks to get going on trade - where the real battle begins.

Irish Government: No physical infrastructure on the border and the same rules on trade on both sides.

Mr Paisley told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee the "pussyfooting needs to stop".

May will hold talks in Brussels on Monday with European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker and his chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

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The UK should not seek convergence with European Union regulations after Brexit, the DUP's Ian Paisley has said.

Negotiations on a future trade deal are likely to take some weeks to get going after the December summit, as the European Union will first have to go through a process of drafting guidelines for negotiators - although the basic outline of what might be on offer is already fairly plain.

"I hope I can report to the European Council that in the meeting we have been able to negotiate that deal - and that we have reached a very important step in our relations, if we find this very important point in the agreement in the next days", he said in Berlin.

He said a referendum would be the only way to "solve this democratically" and he had been "rubbished on Twitter" by the DUP when he initially suggested the Irish border would present an issue.

"I have said that we will honour our commitments, I have also said that there may be particular programmes that we want to continue to be a part of", she said.

United Kingdom and the European Union negotiators reached an outline deal on the Brexit divorce bill, clearing an obstacle to talks, and Ireland's European commissioner predicted that a breakthrough on the sensitive Irish border issue could soon follow.

'We need political solutions now and we are not getting them from the UK Government'.

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