Brexit secretary David Davis has said Britain will not engage in a "regulatory race-to-the-bottom" after it leaves the European Union, as he said he was a "determined optimist" over the exit negotiations.
NORTHERN Ireland should retain the benefits of the European customs union after Brexit, the Republic’s foreign affairs minister has said.
Simon Coveney said this could be achieved through a soft Brexit whereby the UK remains in the single market or the customs union.
EUROPEAN Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has delivered a fresh rebuke to Theresa May over her government’s handling of the Brexit process.
Mr Juncker said official papers setting out the government’s positions were not satisfactory and it was “crystal clear” that an “enormous amount” of issues needed to be settled before talks on a future trade deal could begin.
Officials from Brussels and the UK were continuing negotiations in the latest round of the withdrawal process, but Mr Juncker’s comments are further evidence of the European Union’s frustration with the approach being taken by the prime minister and Brexit ecretary David Davis.