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The Independent | Brexit: Northern Ireland border joins divorce bill on pile of reasons for deadlock

Theresa May has been handed an ultimatum to guarantee no hard border on the island of Ireland by December if Britain wants to move to trade talks before the spring.

The EU and Ireland made clear on Friday that the issue of the border had joined the divorce bill as one of the two main problems where "much more progress" is needed to start talking about a transition period.

[...] Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Ireland and the EU needed a promise in writing by December that there would be no hard border and suggested eurosceptics had not "thought all this through" in the years they had been pushing for the UK to leave the EU.

It does not look like there will be progress by December. I am, however, uncertain this will spell out the end of the negotiation.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 03:47:05 PM EST

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