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DUP Will Block May’s Budget if ‘Red Lines’ Abandoned, Wants Brexit Delivered

BRITAIN-POLITICS-EU-BREXIT Time is running out for a Brexit agreement to be reached
Kenny Thornton | 10 October, 2018, 22:10

For industrial goods, he said it could be done by "market surveillance authorities" in company premises but he added that checks on animals and animal-derived products would still have to take place on the border.

"If Theresa May doesn't take our concerns on board, we will take the view that she is not the leader to take us through to a safe Brexit". "It's an answer", the government source said.

Sources in the party - whose 10 MPs are propping up the PM in power - have warned it would be "unacceptable" for Northern Ireland and mainland Britain to be "treated differently".

DUP leader Arlene Foster insisted on Tuesday that her party would not accept customs or regulatory checks on goods travelling in either direction between Northern Ireland and Great Britain after meeting European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a press conference: 'Michel Barnier and his team are working day and night to reach a deal, but we are not there yet'.

Some Brexiteers say those proposals would ensure the EU kept control over swathes of the British economy and thus run counter to the spirit of her manifesto pledge to leave the EU Customs Union and the Single Market.

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But with both sides confirming that differences remain on issues such as the status of the Irish border, expectations are growing that the final moment of decision will be put back to a special summit in November.

"If we followed Mr Barnier's advice, my information is that those checks would become 100%, although with a veterinary agreement in a future trade deal, that might be reduced somewhat", she said.

For customs and VAT, Barnier said, "we propose using the existing customs procedures to avoid doing checks at the transit points". And on the plans to align rules on goods, he added: "This type of single market system a la carte would be tantamount to giving a huge competitive edge to United Kingdom companies with respect to companies operating within the single market". The sides will continue negotiations through the weekend with hopes for a breakthrough as early as Monday. That would be to finalise work on a declaration of close future ties with Britain that would also be part of the Brexit package.

Both the European Union and Britain have signalled progress in recent days, boosting the sentiment on the market, which fears the most damaging no-deal Brexit.

But he said a "Canada-plus-plus-plus" deal was "within our grasp with political will and imagination".

The European Commission also looked at preparations among the 27 states for multiple disruptions that this would involve, including customs checks and duties kicking in immediately on all imports and exports.

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