Boris Johnson urged to back current Irish border arrangements as 'red line'

Boris Johnson urged to back current Irish border arrangements as 'red line'

Dr Haass said the British government was in a "difficult position" but that most of the "heavy lifting" in negotiations such as these must be done by the local politicians.

"The best way to do this would be through Designated Special status for the north of Ireland within the EU".

Mr Varadkar said yesterday that United Kingdom and Irish ministers should use an intergovernmental peace process body to plot a way forward for Northern Ireland if devolution is not restored as a result of ongoing talks.

"The Prime Minister should warn Brussels that Northern Ireland must not be used as blackmail".

The Foreign Secretary told the Commons it would be "unthinkable" for a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, adding all MPs understand the "social, political and spiritual ramifications" of such a move.

Meanwhile Ireland repeated their threat to veto the future talks over a hard border with Britain.

The Taoiseach said he had met Theresa May on Friday.

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Boris Johnson urged to back current Irish border arrangements as 'red line'

"We do recognise that we are at a critical phase because we all, well certainly I, want to see the negotiations move to the second phase so that we can talk about those issues of trade, and the issues that will make a difference, actually, to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".

Last night Theresa May's official spokesman said: "we are working hard to find that unique solution we need for the border situation, we think we are making good progress".

"I think what maybe has changed is that people are beginning to realise that the Irish government, and the indeed the European Union negotiating team, are insisting on credible answers in terms of how we are going to deal with the Irish border issues in the future in the context of Northern Ireland and Britain leaving the European Union", he said.

"Irish business is reliant on export trade for its continued success, but the Irish border is unlike any other in Europe", says Aidan Flynn, General Manager of FTA Ireland, which coordinated the event for representatives of nearly 100 freight and logistics operators from across the Republic. But MPs fighting against a hard Brexit warned that neither side had come up with a solution that could prevent a hard border if the United Kingdom insists on leaving the customs union and single market. "The simplest way to do so would be to remain in the customs union, even if we are leaving the EU".

But the Irish PM and the European Union thought the plans fell far short of grappling with numerous issues. He said: "The UK has shown outstanding patience and goodwill since serving the article 50 notice".

I know there are those who say "why can't we just get on with it all?" but the truth is it's a little bit more complicated than that. There is nothing to be gained by continuing to flog a dead horse.

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