Brexit: DUP lawmaker snubs proposed joint EU-UK regime in Northern Ireland

Brexit: DUP lawmaker snubs proposed joint EU-UK regime in Northern Ireland

According to a senior Whitehall source cited by the Sun, Brexit Secretary David Davis is reportedly planning on giving Northern Ireland joint status so it can trade freely with both the European Union and the UK.

According to the Sun, Davis' proposed special economic zone along the 499km border would in effect support local traders, such as farmers, who make up approximately 90% of all cross-border traffic.

The EU reportedly believes that Mrs May's latest idea would only postpone negotiations on a final settlement to main an open Irish border.

The Department for Exiting the European Union declined to comment directly on the plans but confirmed that work was underway to refine post-Brexit customs options. However, finding a practical solution for any customs checks needed after Brexit has proved elusive.

Indeed, this scheme raises more questions than answers and the fact that it is even being put forward for consideration at this stage of negotiations is a sign of desperation on the part of the Brexit secretary and the British government.

Mr Wilson said the goal of any border buffer zone is far from clear, and added: "Whilst the idea seems to be that movement can take place within the buffer zone, what happens to trade from outside the buffer zone when it crosses into that zone?"

MEP Martina Anderson said: "Once again this shows the lack of knowledge of border areas and the concerns they face - David Davis obviously didn't learn much on his flying visits".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said yesterday that her party would end its support for the minority United Kingdom government if PM Theresa May pushed forward with a customs union partnership that would result in Northern Ireland being treated differently from the rest of Britain, the Independent newspaper reported.

"Both of these would deliver on our commitments to ensure UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and enable us to establish an independent global trade policy".

In this case, the region will be able to trade with both sides.

We have heard some odd ideas put forward on resolving the Irish border conundrum after Britain leaves the European Union but the latest proposal from David Davis is surely the most weird yet.

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