Brexit border plan 'must be longer-term' says Tony Lloyd

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Downing Street reportedly believes the proposal would allow ministers to say they have formally left the EU customs union while avoiding a cliff-edge scenario for business in Northern Ireland and the emergence of a hard border with Ireland. It would keep the United Kingdom in the EU's customs arrangement until such a time as another solution was found. Leo Varadkar said he would not disclose exactly what Ms May had offered, but made it clear that the plan from the British was insufficient.

May repeated her three objectives - to pursue an independent trade policy, ensure as frictionless trade with the European Union as possible and avoid disruption between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

U.K. -EU negotiations are scheduled to resume in Brussels next week, ahead of a summit in June.

The move was agreed by Mrs May's Brexit "war cabinet" on Tuesday, despite reservations from Brexiteers including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

Brexit - UK seeking previously unthought of 'third way' around the Northern Ireland customs border impasse
UK 'considering third option' over customs dilemma

"In that scenario, you'd end up staying in the customs union because you'd have no other choice", a senior source told The Times.

The British prime minister is reported to have told Tory colleague Jacob Rees-Mogg that she would not be as confident as him about winning a vote.

She also singled out the British government's "practical" stance pertaining to the ways to grapple with the sensitive issue of Northern Irish border.

There are doubts over whether the European Union would accept a time-limited arrangement, as this would mean Britain could, in theory, drop out of the EU's customs arrangement without a solution for the Irish border in place.

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Britain has vowed to leave the EU's single market and customs union after Brexit, which legally takes place on March 29, 2019, but in effect will be delayed by a transition period lasting until December 31, 2021.

There are also likely to discuss the continuing political impasse in Northern Ireland.

He said the SDLP was committed to "delivering a new inclusive Ireland" but unionism needed to be persuaded about the benefits of Irish unity.

The plans have raised the prospect of border checks with EU-member Ireland, which many fear could upset the fragile peace in the region.

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"The backstop is a fallback and we do not want or expect it to happen".

David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, and May's defacto deputy, had earlier said the cabinet may need many more weeks more before it could come to a decision on the two customs options that have divided ministers.

The former head of Unilever, Niall FitzGerald is of the opinion that Ireland is perfectly positioned to become a global center for research and academia in the post-Brexit world, according to a report published by The Irish Times.

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