Legal case could allow Brits to keep European Union citizenship after Brexit

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Diane Dodds said: "What we need to see are practical, pragmatic solutions".

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union are at odds over the rights of Europeans coming to the United Kingdom after Brexit. The UK will look to match European Union regulatory standards (and possibly adopt identical rules) to ensure that trade in most goods remains as free as possible. "I fully respect the Chancellor's competence in defining what is in the UK's interest but he must allow us to define what is in the EU's interest", he said.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out keeping the an EU customs union because it would prevent the country from striking its own trade deals with fast-growing economies such as China and India.

The EU was not being threatening towards Britain by preparing for a possible "cliff edge" Brexit, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told reporters in Brussels.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said talks he held with May and her Brexit minister David Davis last week had left him confident London would "see the advantages of such an approach".

These towns and villages from my youth, such as Pettigo, riven by the frontier, and Omeath, where my family sought respite from boring and depressing grind of the Northern conflict, would once again be subject, at the very least, to customs checks, and surely most of the estimated 275 now unguarded open border crossings would once again be closed.

"It is clear that the Irish Government needs to urgently increase the lobbying for the Irish fishing sector within the Brexit negotiations, the proximity of Irish and British fishing grounds mean that one can not function without the other - fishing stocks do not recognise territorial water boundaries".

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"If in London someone assumes that the negotiations will deal with other issues first, my response would be Ireland first", Tusk said.

British officials deny this ultimatum amounted to talks being frozen at the issue until it can be resolved, but the schedule for this week's discussions show that they will nearly exclusively focus on the same "separation" issues that were the subject of the December agreement, including the Irish border - with only one line in the schedule designated for transition talks.

The four largest markets account for about two-thirds of the European Union market, and in some member states there is no covered bond market at all.

New research on a smart border between Northern and the Republic of Ireland continues.

That proposal, Foster said, was "entirely unacceptable" and represented "an act of bad faith on the part of Brussels".

"I do object in the strongest terms to people who have limited experience of the troubles in Northern Ireland throwing threats of violence around as some kind of bargaining chip", Foster said.