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Britain's May demands new Irish border deal


REUTERS
BELFAST
BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday called on the European Union to strike a new deal to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and demanded Brussels quickly respond to her plan to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.
May's political future has been uncertain since her 'white paper'policy document on post-Brexit relations with the EU triggered resignations from the Cabinet and anger within her Conservative Party.
In a speech to politicians and business leaders in Belfast, May sought to turn the focus onto the EU and the fate of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, one of the main stumbling blocks in the negotiations.
May said the return of a hard border once Britain leaves the bloc would be"almost inconceivable", but dismissed the EU's current plan to avoid it as unacceptable.
Instead, May said the EU must engage with her 'white paper'which proposes negotiating the closest possible links for trade in goods to protect businesses and to fulfil a commitment to avoid having infrastructure on the border.

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