British people had trouble figuring out the Irish border on a map

British people had trouble figuring out the Irish border on a map

Britain could technically remain a member of the European Union after 2019 to secure special status for Northern Ireland, a London law firm has suggested.

Sources indicate the ground has now been laid for political agreement on the question of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland after Brexit, which would allow both sides to start discussing the UK's future trading relationship with the bloc. There is undoubtedly an ever-increasing usage of nasty, jingoistic language by certain sections of the Brexit brigade, built on the shaky mythology of past imperial glory and imagined superiority.

"We're all of one view that we don't want to see -- that's the parties in Northern Ireland, the Irish government, the United Kingdom government - that we don't want to see a hard border", May told reporters on the plane to Amman, Jordan, as she began a two-day visit to the Middle East.

In the video (below), the Channel 4 crew took to the streets to ask members of the public what they thought the impact of Brexit would be on Ireland.

Theresa May has been given until Monday, when she meets the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, to table satisfactory offers on three issues - the divorce bill, Ireland and EU citizens rights - before Brexit talks can move to a second phase.

The British said they couldn't do that before the December summit.

Theresa May is desperately hoping European Union leaders will give the green light for the second phase of the negotiations - including talks on a free trade deal - to begin.

He said that having ruled out an Irish proposal for Northern Ireland to remain part of the single market and the customs union, it was up to the British to say how they could get round the need for border checks.

Irish Europe Affairs Minister Helen McEntee said on Wednesday Ireland doesn't want to be obstructive but there needs to be an agreement on the border issue and she hasn't yet seen the wording on guarantees. There's pretty much always been an open border.

"Then all that money - £60 billion lying around - we could use that to help the NHS and other things and even do tax cuts".

That included areas like agriculture.

Mr Paisley is one of 10 DUP pro-Brexit MPs who are propping up Theresa May's minority government on key votes.

"We are not about convergence here, we are about co-operation", said the North Antrim MP.

If it went ahead, it could balance demands from Dublin for Northern Ireland to stay on EU customs terms and London's desire to quit the single market and customs union. Essentially, it wants no divergence to the free movement and cross-border cooperation specifically for Northern Ireland.

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