By Friday Dublin must reach an agreement with London over the Northern Irish border, or Brexit talks will be derailed.
The Irish government demands a written assurance that the 500-km border will remain “soft,” that is, without a need for checkpoints. The UK argues that such assurances can only be extended if and when Brussels and London have determined the future of their trade relations.
Neither Dublin nor Belfast or London will budge.
Downing Street has made clear on more than one occasio...

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