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Irish border: New draft Brexit plan could break deadlock

Irish border: New draft Brexit plan could break deadlock
From BBC - December 7, 2017

Negotiations are continuing into the night over a draft Brexit deal on the Irish border amid a fresh push to reach agreement.

The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg has been told new wording has been discussed by the UK, EU and Ireland and shared with the Democratic Unionist Party.

But it is not yet thought to have been agreed by the DUP, whose opposition on Monday led to talks breaking down.

Theresa May could travel to Brussels in the early hours if a deal is reached.

European Council President Donald Tusk is due to make a statement on Brexit at 0650 GMT on Friday, prompting speculation that a deal is close.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas tweeted: "We are making progress, but not yet fully there," adding: "Tonight more than ever, stay tuned."

All sides want progress on the issue ahead of a crucial summit next week, so talks can move on to the future relationship between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted:

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