Brexit: NI must stay in UK customs union, says DUP

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Nigel DoddsImage copyright AFP

Northern Ireland must stay in a “full UK customs union” after Brexit, the Democratic Unionist Party’s (DUP) deputy chief Nigel Dodds has stated.

His remark got here as UK and EU officers held what had been described as “intense” talks in a bid to safe a brand new deal.

Neither aspect has given particulars in regards to the frequent floor that has reportedly been discovered on the Irish border difficulty.

Mr Dodds stated: “There is a number of stuff coming from Brussels, pushed by the Europeans in the final hours.

“One factor is bound – Northern Ireland must stay totally a part of the UK customs union and Boris Johnson is aware of it very nicely,” he instructed the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Negotiations between the UK and the EU are collaborating on the EU Commission in Brussels and are anticipated to proceed on Sunday.

A summit of European leaders is because of happen subsequent Thursday and Friday is seen because the final probability to agree a deal earlier than 31 October – the date the UK is because of depart the EU.

Plans by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep away from considerations about laborious border on the island of Ireland after Brexit had been criticised by EU leaders on the final week.

But he held talks with Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar on Thursday, with each leaders saying they might “see a pathway to a possible deal”.

Since then, European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended there was solely the slightest probability of an settlement.