The North could stay in European Union after Brexit, lawyers suggest

Ireland can plug UK construction industry’s digital skills gap

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.

A Government source was more measured, saying simply that contacts at official level, reflecting British, Irish and European views, were intensifying. 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.

However, if May insists on leaving the EU customs union, there will have to be a "hard" border - and if there is, says Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, he will veto any negotiations between the EU and the United Kingdom on a free trade deal after it leaves the Union.

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.

Britain has insisted it is impossible to finalise how the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic will work before UK-EU trade talks.

Ireland can plug UK construction industry’s digital skills gap
Enterprise Ireland’s Construction Adviser John Hunt

The issue is a major sticking point in the negotiations and must be dealt with before trade talks can begin.

If EU leaders feel "insufficient progress" has been made, they will not permit talks to move to the second phase - discussions on the future relationship between the EU and UK.

While the European Union proposes Northern Ireland should keep its regulation the same as that of Ireland after the split so there's no need for a border, that would create a barrier between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, which is a red line for the DUP.

"Then all that money - £60 billion lying around - we could use that to help the NHS and other things and even do tax cuts". They could dream that with all the coming and going across an open border, the two parts of Ireland would grow closer and eventually reunite.

That included areas like agriculture.

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He said a referendum would be the only way to "solve this democratically" and he had been "rubbished on Twitter" by the DUP when he initially suggested the Irish border would present an issue.

"We are not about convergence here, we are about co-operation".

All sides are agreed on their objective to move forward without jeopardising peace in Ireland and there is widespread agreement on continuing the longstanding "common travel area" that allows free movement between the two countries.

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