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EU's Tusk to fly to Dublin on Friday as Brexit deadline nears

30 November 2017, 01:58 | Kara Nash

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Jack Taylor Getty Images

British Prime Minister Theresa May.   Jack Taylor  Getty Images

The Democratic Unionist party, which holds the balance of power in the House of Commons, said it would not tolerate anything that decoupled Northern Ireland from the UK.

One thing Brexit has taught us is that many British people do not understand Irish politics and geography, writes Denise O'Donoghue. 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.

An Irish government minister said on Thursday said he was concerned that the British government had yet to present detailed proposals on allowing frictionless movement of goods and people across the Northern Ireland border after Brexit.

So far, so bad - Dublin won't back a new stage of Brexit talks until Britain comes up with something more solid than vague assurances and a patronising "calm down dear, it's only a negotiation" attitude, which has done nothing but pour oil on the troubled Irish Sea. The other European Union state members are backing Ireland on this.

A spokesman for Tusk, who chairs European Union summits and is overseeing the Brexit process, said in a tweet on Thursday that the 4 p.m. (1600 GMT) meeting would "discuss #Brexit and how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland".

Downing Street has said the whole of the United Kingdom will leave both the customs union and the single market when it leaves the EU in 2019. If EU governments accept it, the next step is for them to declare at their Dec 14 summit that talks can now start on the future relationship between Britain and its biggest trading partner.

Irish Government: No physical infrastructure on the border and the same rules on trade on both sides.

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The progress is being made ahead of a crunch meeting between Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker over lunch on Monday.

It is seeking to offer more vaguely-worded commitments and guarantees to Ireland around the issues, so that it will be able to move onto trade following a crucial European Union summit on 15 December.

"I hope I can report to the European Council that in the meeting we have been able to negotiate that deal - and that we have reached a very important step in our relations, if we find this very important point in the agreement in the next days", he said in Berlin.

'A transition deal will be ready in principle for January'.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that progress had been made in talks on the issue, though it was not yet sufficient. It's a bit petty, isn't it, really?

'We need political solutions now and we are not getting them from the UK Government'.

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