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No-deal Brexit plan 'will include new border in Irish Sea' | The Scotsman |

In the letter, obtained by The Times, Mrs May said: "I am clear that I could not accept there being any circumstances or conditions in which that `backstop to the backstop', which would break up the UK customs territory, could come in to force."

But the DUP has interpreted the wording of her letter to mean that the measure will be contained in the Brexit divorce deal despite Mrs May's insistence it will never come into effect. Mrs Foster said: "The Prime Minister's letter raises alarm bells for those who value the integrity of our precious union and for those who want a proper Brexit for the whole of the UK. "It appears the Prime Minister is wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the EU single market regulatory regime."

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mrs May's effective deputy prime minister David Lidington and Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley will attend a summit on the Isle of Man on Friday. Brexit is expected to dominate the agenda of the British Irish Council, which also involves the first ministers of Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones.

A senior UK Government source said that reports in the European media that a deal could come in the next few days should be taken "with a very large pinch of salt".

A potential sticking point could be demands for EU fishing fleets to be given continued access to British coastal waters as the price for agreeing to Mrs May's UK-wide backstop, the Daily Telegraph reported.

A UK-wide customs deal would maintain quota-free and tariff-free access to European markets for the British fishing industry and in return the EU wants to keep continued access to UK waters for its trawlers, the newspaper said.

Brexit: EU fishing row threatens to snag May's customs union plan | The Guardian - Nov. 1, 2018
'Scallop war': French and British fishermen skirmish over shellfish | France24 - Aug. 22, 2018 |
Irish fishermen face a perfect storm as charts are redrawn for Brexit

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 11:40:24 AM EST
strong rumours that the DUP were briefed about this as much as a week ago and that this negative response is just choreographed sound and fury, signifying nothing.

As the cost of DUP support so far has been £1 billion and a "let's forget about the Renewable Heat scandal", I suspect that a very juicy bone is being shipped to Belfast.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Nov 9th, 2018 at 08:22:10 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Nov 10th, 2018 at 05:39:45 AM EST
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