EU, Britain narrowing differences on Irish border in Brexit talks

REX Theresa May Conservative Party Conference Day 4 Birmingham UK- 03 Oct 2018

Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir said the comments signalled a "bizarre new low" for the DUP over Brexit, adding: "Never mind the catastrophic impact on our economy and communities across Ireland, none of that matters to the DUP if there's going to be checks on lasagne crossing the Irish Sea".

And he told fellow MPs: "If we stay on our current trajectory, we will go into the next election with the Government having delivered none of the benefits of Brexit, with the country reduced to being a rule-taker from Brussels, and having failed to deliver on a number of promises in the manifesto and in the Lancaster House speech".

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis has warned of "dire" electoral consequences for the party if she persists with her model for trade with the EU.

After Tuesday's weekly cabinet meeting, Downing Street made clear Mrs May would not agree to any withdrawal deal, including the £39bn so-called divorce bill to be paid to the European Union, without a "precise" declaration of the two sides' future trade and security partnership.

"I feel very strongly that we must honour the result of the referendum - we must honour the expectations of the British public in making that decision".

The US-based organisation said a "no-deal" departure from the EU could lead to fragmentation in European money markets, meaning finance cannot flow around the system so efficiently.

Mr Raab "categorically" ruled out an indefinite customs union to resolve Irish border difficulties in the Brexit talks and said the United Kingdom must hold its nerve in the final stages of the talks.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster has repeated her insistence that there should be no customs or regulatory barriers between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and said she had made this clear to the British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Rejection of any kind of special status for Northern Ireland inside the EU customs union by the DUP, which props up Mrs May's government, makes getting a deal through parliament much more challenging.

Top EU officials will be briefed behind closed doors by chief negotiator Michel Barnier following intensified talks in the run-up to a crunch summit next week.

Responding to a question of whether she supported Mrs May's Brexit strategy, Ms Mordaunt replied: "The Prime Minister can count on my support but what I would say is we don't know where this is going to end up".

Conservative backbencher Peter Bone (Wellingborough) suggested a "Chequers +++" proposal is the "way forward" if the Prime Minister's Brexit blueprint fails.

"The October council next week of course will be an important milestone - we expect that to be a moment where we will make some progress", Raab told parliament when asked why he was no longer suggesting there could be a deal at the meeting.

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