UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar have spoken on the telephone regarding the Brexit border deal in Ireland
Irish PM says can pick up Brexit talks in new year if deal not possible
The DUP says the Irish government is playing a "dangerous game" and the longer the delay on the border deal will mean a higher likelihood of a 'no deal' brexit
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond speaking at the Treasury Committee: (Irish border) the objective is to find a "bespoke government", I can envision a scenario where specific arrangements are agreed, this is not unprecedented (all-Ireland electricity market and animal health government)
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesperson says her phone call with DUP leader Arlene Foster was "constructive"
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar says he intends to speak to Theresa May about Brexit in the coming days and accepts she wants to reach an agreement
UK PM Theresa May: There are already areas where there are specific arrangements between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, such as in energy, we want to ensure there is no hard border, while protecting the constitutional integrity of the UK and the internal market
UK PM Theresa May on Irish border: We will ensure there is no hard border while ensuring constitutional integrity of the UK, we aim to deliver this as part of our overall trade deal, we can only begin discussing that in the second phase of talks
PM Theresa May on Brexit: It is in the next phase of talks we will agree how we will ensure cross-border trade while maintaining the UK's constitutional integrity
DUP leader Arlene Foster had a short conversation with Prime Minister Theresa May by phone and "there is still work to be done" – source
DUP leader Arlene Foster is currently speaking to Prime Minister Theresa May on the phone – source
"That [proposal] should be put where it belongs and that is in the waste basket, the sooner the better. That's where I put my copy." @CeciliaWikstrom on the @EU2017EE compromise proposal of Dublin reform
DUP leader Arlene Foster tells Sky News she was not shown the text of the Brexit deal in advance of the PM's talks
claims the Irish government's behaviour "has set back Anglo-Irish relations and damaged the relationships built up within Northern Ireland in terms of the devolution settlement and that is going to take a long time to repair"
Chris Bryant says the government's approach to Brexit is "based on the DUP and trying to keep the Conservative party together". David Davis says it's actually based on "17.5 million votes that were cast to leave the European Union"
Nigel Dodds says DUP will not allow any Brexit settlement to be agreed which causes a divergence "politically or economically" of NI from rest of UK
Davis: issue of maintaining a frictionless and open border on island of Ireland is best dealt with in phase 2 of negotiations
: I don't see any need for changes in today's text. There was compromise. We'll see how things develop
: Brexit is difficult. Our job is to manage Irish Government's perspective. It is not our job to comment on relationships with British Government
: This was a structured negotiation. It is our role to ensure we could agree a text in relation to the Irish people
: @theresa_may has asked for more time and we are happy to allow that
: We had a deal today that would provide reassurance on the border and we want to ensure it remains intact
: We have no hidden agenda here only the best interests of people in Ireland North and South Brexit
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar says Ireland agreed on a border deal earlier in the day and he is surprised and disappointed with the UK Government that the agreement could not be secured
: I am surprised and disappointed British government cannot proceed with what was agreed earlier today. We want to proceed to phase 2 but cannot do so without a firm commitment that there will be no hard border in Ireland
: A hard border has been to the forefront of our concerns since Brexit began
UK agrees to 'regulatory alignment' on both sides of Irish border
Downing Street Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell will address MPs at 4pm on Brexit negotiation updates
DUP leader Arlene Foster says her party will "not accept any form of regulatory divergence" in Ireland after Brexit and the Irish government is "clearly seeking to unilaterally change the Belfast agreement"
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