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According to Phil Hogan, the European commissioner of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom remaining in the Single Market or customs union would solve the issue on the Irish border in Brexit discussion.
Talking to reporters, Hogan has warned that the country would “continue to play tough to the end” in the nation’s threats to veto discussion on trade unless there are guarantees regarding the border.
On Friday, Donald Tusk, the European Council president, warned that Prime Minister Theresa May had only ten days to demonstrate progress on the Irish border and regarding other matters before negotiations over a future trading relationship can start.
The Prime Minister has signalled that there would be no membership to either the Single Market or the customs union.
Arlene Foster, the DUP leader whose party is propping up the minority government of Theresa May, has said that Northern Ireland would not a adopt a different regulation to that of the United Kingdom.
Hogan warned that a free trade agreement (FTA) would not be as good as that of the Single Market.
Hogan said: “I continue to be amazed at the blind faith that some in London place in theoretical future free trade agreements.
“First, the best possible FTA with the EU will fall far short of being in the single market. This fact is simply not understood in the UK. Most real costs to cross-border business today are not tariffs – they are about standards, about customs procedures, about red tape. These are solved in the Single Market, but not in an FTA.”