May to Reaffirm Brexit Vow in Belfast Talk: No Hard Irish Border

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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived on Thursday in Northern Ireland, whose border with EU-member Ireland has become one of the biggest impediments to reaching a deal to leave the European Union.

THERESA MAY insists she will never accept a "hard border" in Northern Ireland as she visits for the first time since the Brexit referendum.

"It's important that Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom can trade within our own internal market in the United Kingdom, so we have put forward a proposal that would deal with that issue and would deliver no hard border".

"And as they made clear this week, it is not something the House of Commons will accept either".

Theresa May has lashed out at internal Conservative critics of her plans for the Irish border, accusing them of being ready to "betray" the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic.

As the European Union warns member states to increase preparations for no deal, the Prime Minister is also due to insist that an agreement can be reached with Brussels "that works in our mutual interest".

Mrs Foster, whose 10 MPs prop up Mrs May's minority government at Westminster, said the PM would hear of the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.

As part of this, the Irish government plans to hire 1,000 customs officers and veterinary inspectors at its ports and airports over the next year.

"And, on that basis, I look forward to resuming constructive discussions".

Gardai at Derrynane House
The cabinet met at Derrynane House

May said 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 as unacceptable.

May is still reeling from the resignation last week of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who in parliament on Wednesday singled out her treatment of the border as the biggest mistake of her negotiations with the European Union for a smooth exit from the bloc next year.

A number of controversial amendments were passed by the UK Government earlier this week.

Mr Davies, a pro-Leave campaigner, said he had lost faith in Mrs May's ability to deliver Brexit, adding: 'Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will nearly certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister and I can not sit back and allow that to happen'.

Mrs May will talk to political representatives from Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and Alliance on Friday morning, before meeting young people to hear their views on Northern Ireland's future.

At the Irish border, business leaders have expressed concern that any division, even as a result of a soft Brexit, would have consequences.

It is unfortunate that people are trying to undermine the Brexit white paper.

"We'll be in a much better place to deal with any shock that may arise and an obvious place to which that shock could arise would be a disorderly Brexit".

"In fact, the Withdrawal Act, passed last month, legally binds the United Kingdom government to this commitment", it added.

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