Pressure mounting on British Government to outline plans for Irish border

Theresa May

"The clock is ticking".

But the combative tone from the European Union, with doubt cast even over an agreement on the relatively easy transition period after Britain leaves in March next year, has upped the ante. The only way to avoid this post-Brexit is for regulations on both sides to remain more or less the same in key areas including food, animal welfare, medicines and product safety.

Tusk said if May didn't like the proposal, she should come up with an alternative.

"There's no border between Camden and Westminster, but when I was mayor of London we anaesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

After months of ducking and diving, semantics, talk of bespoke agreements, rebuffs and tantrums and public maneuvering by politicians in London and Brussels, mimicking sumo wrestlers focused on intimidation, the Brexit negotiations appear to be now in the middle of a defining moment.

As well as Ireland the paper also covers other issues including the rights of European Union citizens living in Britain and the financial settlement Britain will pay as it leaves the EU.

Barnier spoke of "significant points of disagreement" on the transition, and suggested Britain was trying to keep it open-ended.

The EU doesn't expect a trade deal to be completed by the time the United Kingdom leaves the bloc next year.

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Mrs May is expected to set out the UK government's negotiating position for final UK-EU trading relationship in a major speech on Friday.

May has already rejected the proposal outright, saying no MPs would agree to it. This is essentially the first draft of history, the political agreements reached before Christmas put into legal and European Union treaty jargon. That would mean a border between the province and mainland Britain.

While it is not clear what trade solutions May will present on Friday, suggestions that it will involve different "baskets" of economic sectors differentiated by their degree of regulatory alignment with the European Union prompted Tusk last week to describe such ideas as "pure illusion".

However, EU negotiator Michel Barnier welcomed it for offering "clarity" and recognising there will be "trade-offs". The aim would be to agree a broad "political declaration" on the future to accompany the withdrawal treaty and to have a trade pact ready for 2021.

"However, I remain concerned that some of the constraints of leaving the Customs Union and the Single Market are still not fully recognised".

At odds with current left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his popularity hobbled by anger at his role in the 2003 Iraq invasion, Blair said "a comprehensive plan on immigration control, which preserves Europe's values" would be "right for Europe and timely for the evolving British debate on Brexit".

May's trade minister, Brexit campaigner Liam Fox, dismissed the Labour proposal as a "sell-out" as it would bind Britain to many European Union rules while preventing it striking its own trade deals.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said Ms May's speech offered "no more than empty rhetoric and contradictory positions" and that she has "failed to grasp the hard truths and the realities that we face".

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