Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: DUP lawmaker snubs proposed joint EU-UK regime in Northern Ireland

Brexit: DUP lawmaker snubs proposed joint EU-UK regime in Northern Ireland

While both sides say they are committed to keeping the border open, finding a practical solution is still proving elusive.

Earlier this week, the Sun newspaper reported that British Brexit Secretary David Davis has drawn up a plan that will give Northern Ireland a joint UK-EU status in a bid to avoid trade curbs.

"Both of these would deliver on our commitments to ensure UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and enable us to establish an independent worldwide trade policy".

QinetiQ, just one of the British companies involved in the Galileo Project, has said that it will back the UK Government's decision.

He said the PSNI would have to "provide protection for all government agencies working along the 300-mile border and, as such, additional resources will need to be redeployed".

"Instead of moving from one set of half-cooked ideas to the other it is now time for the government to put down its foot and make it clear to European Union negotiators that the prime minister stands by her commitment that no deal is better than a bad deal".

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Britain suggested earlier this month that it would be willing to extend the use of European Union tariffs as a backstop if there were delays in ratification of a Brexit deal to avoid a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, adding the government did not want to use that option.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we can not and will not accept a customs border down the Irish Sea, and that we will preserve the integrity of the UK's common market".

There was no immediate response from the Department for Exiting the European Union to a report in the Sun suggesting the Brexit secretary was to put forward a radical solution to the thorny issue of future customs arrangements.

Britain must submit written proposals on how it plans to keep a frictionless border on the island of Ireland after Brexit in the next two weeks or face an uncertain summer of talks, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was quoted as saying on Saturday.

According to the Sun, Davis' proposed special economic zone along the 499km border would in effect support local traders, such as farmers, who make up approximately 90% of all cross-border traffic.

May previously pledged to take the United Kingdom out of the EU customs union by considering two options.

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