Theresa May says United Kingdom can 'set example to world' in Brexit deal

The party may also stress that after Brexit, Northern Ireland companies must have unfettered access to markets across the UK.

How the Irish border will work once Britain leaves the European Union has become one of the most pressing issues in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

At last count, Sterling was at $1.3860 after May told parliament that "We are close to an agreement on the terms of a time-limited implementation period to give governments, businesses and citizens on both sides time to prepare for our new relationship".

All three options could be avoided if the United Kingdom opted to remain in the single market and the customs union as a whole - something the Conservative Government has categorically rejected.

The head of the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs prop up Mrs May's Government, said her party could never support such a plan, which would effectively put a customs border in the Irish Sea.

This would mean that the abolition of mobile roaming fees and other cross-border digital benefits will be removed and there could be a return of roaming charges for using your mobile in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

"As Prime Minister I am not going to let our departure from the European Union do anything to set back the historic progress made in Northern Ireland", she said.

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Ms Foster also accused the European Union of "overreach" in relation to a suggestion that the North-South Ministerial Council, set up under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), could play a role in terms of the single market continuing to apply where north south co-operation was concerned.

"I visited it back in August, and I saw a hard border with physical infrastructure with customs posts, people in uniforms with arms and dogs and that is definitely not a solution that is one that we can possibly entertain", Mr Varadkar said.

The Sinn Féin leader added that there could be no overall agreement on Brexit unless the issue of the Irish border was solved.

"The EU is looking for practical solutions to avoiding a hard border, in full respect of the constitutional status" of Northern Ireland, he tweeted.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a "single rule book" for financial services between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Before Mrs May's statement, the Varadkar said: "There won't be tripartite or three-way talks".

The current draft "has omissions and overreaches", Foster told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday after meeting with Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

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