Brussels presses United Kingdom for progress on post-Brexit Irish border

Brussels presses United Kingdom for progress on post-Brexit Irish border

The European Union urged the United Kingdom to accelerate the Brexit - the exit from the EU if London is going to have time to complete the main part of this process this autumn.

The move emerged as Mrs May struggles to find common ground between senior ministers over the government's proposed post-Brexit customs relationship with the EU.

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May says the "focus is on getting things right", rather than meeting a deadline.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator reportedly told European ministers attending the General Affairs Council in Brussels that neither the Prime Minister's preferred option of a customs partnership or the alternative "maximum facilitation" model were "realistic".

Zakharieva, who chaired the meeting as part of Bulgaria holding the six-month rotating presidency, said that the ministers are looking forward to more intensive engagement by the United Kingdom government in the coming weeks. "In June, we need to see substantive progress on Ireland, on governance...on all remaining separation issues", said Zakharieva.

German, Austrian and Dutch ministers all echoed the same concern, saying Britain has not made its position clear in detail on parts of the negotiations. "The clock is ticking", German EU Minister Michael Roth told his EU peers.

"Now we have to go to definitive decisions, and the responsibility for those is with the British side".

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"Now we need to make significant progress, but that never happens - admitted Mouth".

Under a customs partnership, Britain could collect tariffs on goods entering the country on the EU's behalf.

Quest says Britain can't have an open Northern Irish border without allowing freedom of movement.

As reported by the Independent, the renewed deadlock in Brussels comes as Theresa May's cabinet repeatedly fails to agree with itself on what customs arrangement it wants with the European Union after Brexit, despite publishing two options in August of a year ago.

It should do this before next month's European Council meeting, it added, recommending that Britain should try to negotiate observer status in the EU's Political and Security Committee after Brexit.

"What we need to do is, as she said, come out of the customs union in such a way as to enable us to have frictionless trade with no hard border in Northern Ireland and to do unhindered, unimpeded free-trade deals with the rest of the world", said Mr Johnson.