Republic of Ireland–United Kingdom border
European Union negotiators dismiss as "fantasy" some main British demands for Brexit, including on the sensitive issue of the Northern Ireland border, a senior EU official said on May 24.
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on April 20 some 25 percent of work remained to be done on a pact covering U.K. withdrawal from the EU, including crucial issues such as management of the Ireland/Northern Ireland border.
Britain must come up with a solution for the Irish border after Brexit or there will be no divorce deal or transition period, EU President Donald Tusk warned on April 18.
Theresa May believes the Canada-US customs regime can provide a blueprint for solving the Irish border problem when Britain leaves the EU, The Telegraph writes.
Canada and the US are not part of a customs union but have a trade deal that allows tens of thousands of border crossings each day using a trusted trader scheme to avoid delays.
No agreement has yet been reached between Britain and Ireland on the future of the Northern Irish border after Brexit, but a breakthrough could come later on Dec. 4, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.