Dutch PM 'cautiously optimistic' about progress on Brexit talks

A Brexit sign is seen between Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the border village of Muff

The issue of the Irish border, the major sticking point, was "close to being settled", it said.

The Prime Minister told her Brexit "war Cabinet" Thursday afternoon that a proposal to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU until a trade deal can be agreed will have no end date, leading to fears the arrangement could become permanent.

He said no deal would "quite simply be a disaster for business in Northern Ireland", where consumers already have half the disposable income of households in Britain.

Blair, a prominent voice opposed to Brexit, resigned as prime minister in 2008.

"Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction".

"They [the EU] said they think this is an incredible deal you are getting, something nobody else in the world has even been offered", said Seamus Leheny, the director of policy at the Freight Transport Association of Northern Ireland, who was at the meeting.

"However, Brussels also wants to place an effective one-way turnstile from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom".

British and European Union negotiators are understood to have agreed in principle to an all-UK backstop plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland that would remove the final major obstacle blocking a withdrawal agreement. The sides will continue negotiations through the weekend with hopes for a breakthrough as early as Monday.

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They said tentative planning could see a breakthrough announced on Monday when European Union negotiators representing the bloc's national leaders meet in Brussels without Britain. Another summit in November is planned to close the deal.

Labour demands that Britain retain "the exact same" perks it now has within the EU's customs union and single market - something May's so-called Chequers plan does not meet and which the EU rules out since London chose to leave both.

"She will not have DUP support regardless of whether the government tries to bribe, bully or browbeat us into accepting it", Wilson also said.

While the United Kingdom will effectively stay in the single market and customs union during the transition period up to December 2020, Brexiteers fear the new proposal would keep the United Kingdom in the customs union for years thereafter until a full trade deal could be agreed with the EU27.

Conservative MP Helen Grant said she believed the DUP was "bluffing" about withholding its support.

Both the European Union and Britain have signalled progress in recent days, boosting sentiment in financial markets which fear the most damaging no-deal Brexit.

If the DUP votes against the budget, which will be presented on October 29, this could trigger a confidence motion and a general election if the government loses.

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