Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Irish PM demands "no backsliding" on Irish border in future Brexit talks

Irish PM demands

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said Mr Juncker's pledge gave a clear indication of the EU's continued commitment to Northern Ireland.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker is maintaining the offer for Britain to remain in the EU even after both sides have entered the second phase of their divorce negotiations.

Juncker's comment about possible re-accession comes a day after European Council President Donald Tusk said that the bloc's "hearts were still open" if Britain made a decision to change its mind about leaving the EU.

'The British people, the British Government, may wish to find a different way out of the Brexit situation and we are very much willing to deal with them.

The City of London Corporation's policy chair has said the booming financial services industry looks set to lose considerably fewer jobs due to Brexit than originally thought.

Juncker cited the EU's treaty Article 49, which invites any European state that respects EU values to apply for membership.

A second Brexit referendum would not be undemocratic, according to the taoiseach, who denied yesterday that he was part of a grand conspiracy aimed at overturning the British vote.

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But the 71-year-old president performed "exceedingly well" on the test, Jackson said, receiving a flawless score. He scored a 30/30 on the test, Jackson said, and there was 'no indication that he has cognitive issues'.

However, these positions switched when respondents were asked whether they would support another vote if May fails to get a Brexit deal with the EU.

He said Ireland was a country that is close to Britain in so many ways "even though we sometimes don't like to admit that".

Based on the annual average of 535,000 migrant arrivals from the European Union registering for national insurance numbers between 2012-13 and 2016-17, the think tank calculated a million people could come in during the "transition period".

"For my part I hope the new relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union is as close and deep as possible, but consistent with the need to maintain a customs market", he said, calling London to avoid "backsliding" and calling for all sides to participate in the debate on a positive attitude.

Financial services, which accounts for about 12 percent of Britain's economic output, have been viewed as one of the industries that has the most to lose from the end of unfettered access to European Union markets.

"I just get the feeling that, whether it's the Good Friday Agreement, whether it's the border or whether it's trade, he is part of an attempt by this place to make Brexit as hard as possible".

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