Seeking Brexit deal, European Union eyes compromise on Irish border

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"Those laws underpin the Good Friday Agreement, and if you pull them out, and create a hard border, it will create huge disillusionment in Northern Ireland".

Both the United Kingdom and European Union agree they do not want a "hard border", which means physical checks or infrastructure like cameras or customs posts.

But officials have been meeting behind the scenes before a key summit in Brussels on October 17 and 18.

THERESA May is expected to make major concessions in new proposals to the European Union that could delay Brexit for years and restrict Britain's ability to strike trade deals.

The prime minister may have to call the DUP's bluff anyway, says Patrick Maguire in the New Statesman.

Ireland's deputy prime minister said the Brexit negotiators need to "lock themselves into a room" for the next two weeks to hammer out a deal.

Sources in Brussels suggested the deal offered to Mrs May would be tariff-free but would not allow completely frictionless trade, because that would undermine the integrity of the single market.

"The creation of Citibank UK Limited will enable us to continue to service our Citigold and other UK consumer clients in the full range of post-Brexit legal and regulatory scenarios", a Citi spokeswoman said in a statement.

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At last month's European Union summit in Salzburg, Tusk torpedoed UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposals and irked some conservatives with an Instagram post apparently pouring scorn on the prime minister and suggesting she was "cherry picking".

Under these plans her government would not have complete freedom to agree trade deals with nations across the world for several years after the transition period ends in December 2020, the paper claims.

The chairman of European Union leaders, Donald Tusk, on Thursday said a "Canada +++" was on offer, meaning an advanced free trade agreement coupled with close security ties and tight cooperation on global affairs, among others.

On Tuesday, Theresa May said she was "cross" with Boris Johnson.

Arrogant and only occasionally sober European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched an astonishing attack on the British press and argued he "could have swung" the Brexit referendum towards Remain.

But after meeting with May, the Democratic Unionist Party's Arlene Foster stated that "no border in the Irish Sea will ever be acceptable to unionists throughout the UK".

"We want to have a deal". A summit in mid-November has been pencilled in should an agreement not be possible in October.

Any delay beyond then is likely to hit the pound hard ― most traders are reluctant to push sterling much higher until the prospect of a deal, which would then need to be passed in the British parliament, becomes much clearer.

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