European Union rejects British proposals for post-Brexit Irish border

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Sir Ivan Rogers' criticism of the government's proposed technological solution came as it emerged that European Union negotiators have rejected the model, which British officials say would render customs checks near-frictionless, as unworkable. European Union negotiator Michel Barnier told French Television that the Irish question continued to pose a risk of failure for an overall agreement on an orderly Brexit.

There is no reason "to believe. that they will run a serious risk of being told to leave the country", Hordijk said.

Separately, the European Council head said leaders agreed with the U.K.'s assessment that it is "highly likely" Russia was responsible for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England last month on a former Russian spy, and chose to recall the EU ambassador to Moscow.

Even if Britain and the European Union were working towards a British exit from the European Union taking place in March 2019, this may not happen if outstanding topics such as Ireland were unresolved, he said.

Senior EU diplomatic sources told the Telegraph that United Kingdom proposals to avoid a hard border in Ireland were subjected to a "systematic and forensic annihilation" this week at a meeting between EU officials and Olly Robbins, the UK's lead Brexit negotiator.

The prime minister's spokesman, Max Blain, told reporters in London on Friday the government is "confident" of solving the Northern Irish border issue "if everyone works together productively".

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But government sources did express exasperation at what they regard as the intransigence of the EU27.

The latest proposals by the UK Government to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic have been comprehensively rejected by the European Union, it has been reported.

In response to the latest set back, Mrs May is to chair weekly meetings of the government's Brexit negotiators to try and find new solution ahead of the next European Union leaders' summit in ten weeks time. Similarly, her personal role in the Windrush scandal is undeniable - as home secretary, she relished her image as an authoritarian who was tough on immigration, so she must now shoulder some of the blame for regarding real people as just statistics to be whittled down to please the readers of the Daily Mail.

"I don't think it (Wednesday's Lords vote) will have the intended effect", David Jones, a Conservative lawmaker and former Brexit minister, said on Tuesday.

The majority of 123 in the customs union vote - double what was expected - was a harbinger of further defeats for the Government in the coming days, as they face a highly organised cross-party opposition in the House of Lords.

The Irish Revenue Commissioners estimate that 177,000 heavy goods vehicles and 208,000 light vans cross the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland every month.

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