Theresa May secures 'secret Brexit deal' to prevent Irish Sea border


Senior sources told the paper that May has secured concessions from Brussels, with the EU agreeing to write an "all-U.K." customs union into the divorce deal.

Brexit is undermining Northern Ireland's hard-won peace by creating tensions between Catholic and Protestant communities, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Saturday, even as hopes rose for a solution to the Irish border problem that has deadlocked negotiations.

The Taoiseach also said the UK's withdrawal from the bloc had undermined the historic Good Friday Agreement that ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland and called for a guarantee that there would be no return of a hard border with the Republic.

Ahead of Mrs May's cabinet meeting, sources here said the situation was at its "most sensitive yet" and she will be "dancing on the head of a pin" to secure agreement on the deal in her government. Britain rejected the EU's proposal - to keep Northern Ireland in a customs union with the bloc - because it would impose new customs and regulatory checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Labour Party has all but ruled out supporting any deal May reaches with Brussels, leaving her reliant on her slender parliamentary majority, which comprises her own divided MPs and a small coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party.

"We are making good progress on the future relationship, and 95% of the Withdrawal Agreement has been settled".

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Her cabinet is due to hold talks over the plan on Monday, with a potential European Union summit pencilled in for the end of November, if they agree enough progress has been made.

Throwing this "compromise" out, the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said: "If Northern Ireland is subject to EU Single Market regulations, then it will also be subject to the [European Court of Justice] in some form as the arbiter of those regulations".

According to the Telegraph, May has included Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser, in her special Brexit Cabinet after ministers said they wouldn't sign off on a deal without his advice. That in turn could sway the euroskeptic wing of her Conservative Party.

'They will be bad for business and bad for working people, ' the letter said.

But some of Britain's biggest corporate names have had enough of the government's handling of the negotiations.

"MPs should vote it down and give the people the final say".