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Under pressure at home, May demand new deal from EU on Irish border



BELFAST (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa Mayon on the European Union to strike a new deal in Northern Ireland and demanded Brussels quickly responding to her plan to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.

May's political future has been since then 'white paper' policy document on post-Brexit relations with the EU. Appeals from the Cabinet and the Conservative Party.

In a speech to politicians and business leaders in Belfast, May sought to focus on the EU and the fate of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

May the return of a hard border once Britain leaves the bloc would be "almost inconceivable", but dismissed the EU's current plan to avoid it being unacceptable.

Instead, May said the EU must engage with her 'white papers' released earlier this month, which proposes to negotiate

It is "now for the EU to respond. Not simply to fall backward previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. But to evolve their position in kind, "told the audience at Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

In a swift response, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc was open to alternative proposals on the border, but insisted it was a watertight treaty as part of the withdrawal treaty. Barnier said he had invited British negotiators to discuss the backstop next week.

BORDER VISIT

May has flown to Northern Ireland to see the troubled British region's frontier with EU member Ireland.

The 500-kilometer (300 mile) border has been largely invisible since army checkpoints were taken down after a 1

998 peace deal ended three decades of violence between the region's pro-British majority and an Irish nationalist minority. Over 3,600 died. EU-UK ties, but later balked at EU proposal to achieve this by treating Northern Ireland as a separate customs area to the rest of the United Kingdom.

The United States Conservative Party and Democratic Union Party have all of them in parliament.

"The economic and constitutional dislocation of a formal 'third country' customs border within our own country is something I will never accept and I believe no British prime ministers could ever accept," May said.

The Irish Government, which said it was better than the current deal and legally operable.

"While it does not agree with the EU's wording in terms of the proposed Irish backstop to date, that does not mean that Britain is not committed to a backstop. We just have not finalized the wording of it yet, "Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told RTE radio. He was a meeting of EU foreign ministers, where he said the response to May's white paper was "lukewarm."

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, in St Belleek, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, July 19, 2018. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne / Pool

The EU has been arrested for some reason deal is more likely than not, if only because the cost for both sides would be so high.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Toby Chopra

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