Ireland rejects the Canada-US border model

Ireland rejects the Canada-US border model

Ireland rejects the Canada-US border model

"The single market that matters to the people of Northern Ireland is the United Kingdom single market", she said.

Senior DUP members have concluded a "constructive" meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Following the meeting party leader Mary Lou McDonald said Mr Barnier "clearly understands the challenges that Brexit presents to the Good Friday Agreement". "We will be urging our government to come forward with a different text because we think that all of the joint report needs to be reflected in what is going on here in the heart of Europe".

Adding that she hoped for a "sensible" Brexit, she added: "He has put forward an European Union draft text that not only we find unacceptable, the British government finds unacceptable, the Labour party finds it unacceptable, so there will be a need to negotiate from that".

"The EU is looking for practical solutions to avoiding a hard border, in full respect of the constitutional status" of Northern Ireland, he tweeted.

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The head of the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs prop up Mrs May's Government, said her party could never support such a plan, which would effectively put a customs border in the Irish Sea.

The Sinn Féin leader added that there could be no overall agreement on Brexit unless the issue of the Irish border was solved. It's driving a coach and horses through the EU's principles of no hard borders.

But he said the company would continue to operate in the United Kingdom, including its Dagenham plant "as long as it remains competitive". "We are entering into a negotiation around these issues and we wanted him to understand why we felt so strongly about the draft European Union legal text as it now stands", Mrs Foster added. "It would be an economic catastrophe if we allowed a border between ourselves and the rest of the U.K".

The UK paper from last summer - dismissed at the time as "magical thinking" in Brussels - had outlined two options to eliminate checks on goods crossing the border: the first would use technology to eliminate physical border checks; the second would make the UK responsible for monitoring the bloc's external border and collecting customs duties for the EU. She said that the infrastructure on that border largely related to checking the movement of people rather than goods, which moved freely.

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