United Kingdom said to plan compromise on Irish border to get Brexit deal

AFP  File | Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain will implement a skills-based system for immigration

"We can not have either a customs border down the Irish Sea or a regulatory border, because that would make us separate from the rest of the United Kingdom", DUP chief Arlene Foster said in an interview with Bloomberg.

"Comparing the EU to the Soviet Union is as unwise as it is insulting". That bloc was about "prisons, walls and violence against citizens" while the European Union meant "freedom, human rights, prosperity, peace, democracy and pluralism, without internal borders or walls".

EU Council chief Donald Tusk has delivered a tough riposte to Conservative rhetoric over Brexit and a fresh dismissal of the Chequers plan - but offered an alternative trade deal.

"Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive, but they do not facilitate agreement".

When asked if she was prepared to vote down PM May on a Brexit deal, she said: "We don't want to be in that position".

The goal now must be "maximum progress" before the October 17 European Union summit and while he knew about party politics being a former leader, "now the Tory party conference is over, we should get down to business". Much further-reaching on trade, on internal security and on foreign policy cooperation.

As he had spent half his life under Soviet rule "I know what I'm talking about", Mr Tusk said.

But Mrs May has said a deal like Canada's would not prevent a visible, physical border being needed in Northern Ireland - a key commitment of both sides - because of the extra checks that would be needed on goods.

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NORTHERN Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has told Tory members that the British government will "never" allow a border down the Irish Sea.

Today, after my long discussion with my guest, the Taoiseach, I want to say that the European Union is united behind Ireland and the need to preserve the Northern Ireland peace process.

"What I do know is that we need a backstop, a protocol on Ireland and N Ireland as part of a withdrawal agreement, that's essential", he said.

I don't think this is a headline to buy but I do think a deal will get done.

Earlier on Tuesday May said on BBC radio that a new proposal would soon be put to the European Union, which would preserve trade between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain whilst also satisfying the requirement for some form of checks.

Meanwhile, Britain is reportedly preparing to present a compromise on the Irish "backstop", where the whole United Kingdom would stay in a customs union but with Northern Ireland able to align separately with single market rules.

And asked about the prospect of "light touch regulatory checks" between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr Dodds asked why such techniques could not be used on the land frontier in Ireland.

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