Following rumours that consensus had been reached, the DUP’s objection caused it to fall through.
Yesterday, senior officials said that “regulatory alignment” has been achieved on the issue of the post-Brexit Irish border. However, while this appeased Ireland, Northern Ireland’s DUP rejected draft proposals – despite Theresa May personally phoning DUP leader Arlene Foster. Given that the Conservatives owe their working parliamentary majority to the co-operation of the DUP, the latter wields significant power in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. The collapse of the deal comes just days before the December EU summit and therefore reduces the time available for the member states to outline their proposals for the union’s future relationship with the UK.
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