Britain confident in Brexit talks, sees no return to hard Irish border


The UK has so far focused on "technological solutions" as a way of allowing frictionless border traffic across the Northern Irish border and at other ports of entry into the UK.

Up to this point in the Brexit negotiations, it appears the agenda of the British Government was to travel in hope, fudge language and desperately avoid making any substantial decisions.

"Today's statements in the European Parliament must bring an end to that cynical strategy". Dismembering Northern Ireland from the British economy is unlikely, at least while the British government is dependent on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for its parliamentary majority.

In a message that indicated Britain could not simply leave it to Ireland and the European Union to decide what the customs arrangements at the Border should be - as some Brexiteers have suggested - Mr Tusk said: "The UK's decision on Brexit has caused the problem and the UK will have to help solve it".

"Those are the choices on the table, anything else would be an act of massive economic and political self-harm".

Labour MP Stella Creasy, of the People's Vote campaign pushing for an European Union referendum on the final Brexit deal, accused Theresa May of "magical thinking" over the Irish border.

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That would go a long way to solve the Irish border issue and would also please businesses that are keen on keeping cross-border trade easy.

European Council President Donald Tusk gave a strong warning to Britain on Wednesday in an address here to the European Parliament that there would be no Brexit deal until a solution was found for the still unresolved Irish border issue.

The government's approach to the Irish border issue is "misguided and fails to recognise numerous central concerns about food", the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has said. The Prime Minister is going to need more than well-wishing if she is to survive the next year in Downing Street without being forced from office over Brexit. A final deal on Brexit between the United Kingdom government and Brussels is expected by October.

Your house of Lords voted 348 into 225 to overthrow the government's EU Withdrawal expenses, which will return for the House of Commons where in fact the defeat is likely to spur revived resistance. Otherwise, successive parliamentary defeats will mean her biggest problem is being able to hold onto office.