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Britain to present Ireland with soft border guarantee

The British government has reportedly proposed devolving more powers to Stormont in an effort to avoid a hard border after Brexit

THE British government is today expected to present Ireland with a written ‘guarantee’ on a soft border, on one of the most significant days in Anglo-Irish relations in decades.

The EU has given Ireland a veto on whether the UK can progress to phase two of the Brexit talks.

Unless the Irish government is satisfied with the guarantee on the border the other EU nations will refuse to proceed.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is to meet British prime minister Theresa May at lunch time to discuss the proposal but the real decision maker will be Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured.

It is understood intense negotiations continued yesterday about the border, with the Irish cabinet expected to hold a special sitting this morning. It came on a day of significant developments:

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