Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

We will never allow a border down Irish Sea, says Bradley

We will never allow a border down Irish Sea, says Bradley

UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said the prime minister should "bite his hand off".

However, British government says a Canada-style deal does not solve the problem of how to avoid creating a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and European Union neighbour Ireland.

"From the very beginning, the European Union offer has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada plus plus plus deal, much further-reaching on trade, internal security and foreign policy cooperation".

Foster also queried why the European Union was prepared to accept a technological solution that would work in the Irish Sea but not one that would work on the land border. "Our plan keeps the United Kingdom together".

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"Emotional arguments that stress the issue of dignity sound attractive, but they do not facilitate agreement".

"No one can expect that because of Brexit, the European Union will give up its fundamental values and key interests".

When asked if she was prepared to vote down PM May on a Brexit deal, she said: "We don't want to be in that position".

However, he added: "I think we are entering a critical and decisive stage of these negotiations and there is a good opportunity to clinch a deal over the next couple of weeks". Every actor in this process has their dignity and confrontation in this field will not lead to anything good.

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Third, in respecting our partners, we expect the same in return. As the President of the European Council and someone who spent half of my life in the Soviet Bloc, I know what I'm talking about. The Soviet Union was about prisons and gulags, borders and walls, violence against citizens and neighbours.

Noting his own experience as a political party leader, the former Polish prime minister said that now May had concluded her Conservatives' annual conference on Wednesday it was time to "get down to business".

However in a separate interview published Tuesday, Foster claimed the terms of the accord - also known as The Belfast Agreement - could be altered to shape Northern Ireland's relationship with the EU.

The UK is also said to be ready to drop its insistence that any such arrangement must end by a named date.

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Earlier, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) warned Brussels the European Union can not be allowed to "annex" the province by having it accept different regulations from those that apply in the rest of the United Kingdom.

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