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MPs: Technology can not prevent the return of Irish border checks

03 December 2017, 01:49 | Myrtle Vega

Simon Coveney talks to the Irish News in Dublin yesterday

Simon Coveney talks to the Irish News in Dublin yesterday

Goodbody Stockbrokers has today warned that diplomatic efforts to reach agreement on the issue of the Irish border will hit a peak over the coming days, determining whether "sufficient progress" can be declared at the December European Council summit in two weeks time.

"We are in constant contact on these issues with the Government and during our discussions, we reiterated that United Kingdom-Republic of Ireland arrangements may be necessary as we exit the European Union", she said.

The DUP have threatened to withdraw from the "confidence and supply" arrangement that is propping up the British Government over the Irish border issue.

What to do about the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is emerging as the main sticking point that could prevent talks about Britain's departure from the European Union moving on to the next phase.

The DUP yesterday warned that allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the single market alone would be "deeply destablising" to the coalition agreement.

The EU will decide in mid-December whether there has been sufficient progress in Brexit negotiations to consider moving the talks to a further stage where future relations between the United Kingdom and the bloc are discussed.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appointed Simon Coveney as tánaiste
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appointed Simon Coveney as tánaiste

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, poses for a photograph with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Leader Arlene Foster, Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds, and Chief Whip Jeffrey Donaldson, outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 26, 2017.

Open access will have to end when Britain leaves the single market and customs union, the Commons exiting the EU committee said.

Right now, the U.K.'s government is being propped up by a small party from Northern Ireland.

The European Council President Donald Tusk is due to meet the Taoiseach in Dublin tomorrow ahead of what will be an extremely busy weekend.

Saying Northern Ireland could not fall under any customs regime separate from that governing the rest of the United Kingdom, the MP's position is directly at odds with the Government's reported proposal.

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