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Brexit minister quits saying UK was giving 'too much, too easily' Brexit minister quits saying UK was giving 'too much, too easily'
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David Davis, officially Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, headed negotiations with EU since July 2016  David Davis, officially Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, headed negotiations with EU since July 2016
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<h2>Update</h2> <h2>Update</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>The politician nominally responsible for Brexit negotiations with the European Union, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Davis_(British_politician)">David Davis</a>, resigned his post on July 8. He has been replaced by Dominic Raab, the housing minister. Raab campaigned strongly for Brexit before the June 2016 referendum, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44763998">the BBC says</a>.</li>  <li>The politician nominally responsible for Brexit negotiations with the European Union, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Davis_(British_politician)">David Davis</a>, resigned his post on July 8. He has been replaced by Dominic Raab, the housing minister. Raab campaigned strongly for Brexit before the June 2016 referendum, <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44763998">the BBC says</a>.</li>
<li>Davis was quoted as saying that the United Kingdom was <a href="https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0709/977328-davis-resignation/">"giving away too much, too easily"</a> in negotiations with the EU over its departure from the community (RTE). His resignation followed a meeting of the British cabinet on Friday July 6, after which <a href="https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1015325500649230338">the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said</a> there was a united front on the decision for a "soft Brexit" — that is, concessions that some matters, such as Northern Ireland's border with the Irish Republic, would not see huge change.</li>  <li>Davis was quoted as saying that the United Kingdom was <a href="https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0709/977328-davis-resignation/">"giving away too much, too easily"</a> in negotiations with the EU over its departure from the community (RTE). His resignation followed a meeting of the British cabinet on Friday July 6, after which <a href="https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1015325500649230338">the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said</a> there was a united front on the decision for a "soft Brexit" — that is, concessions that some matters, such as Northern Ireland's border with the Irish Republic, would not see huge change.</li>
   <li>Davis's ministerial colleague, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, followed <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/09/boris-johnson-resigns-as-foreign-secretary-brexit">suit with his resignation</a> on July 9. (<em>Guardian) </em>Johnson also urged a "Leave" vote in 2016, and was reported to have been highly critical of Mrs May's Brexit plan after the July 6 meeting.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>Earlier...</h2> <h2>Earlier...</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>Dominic Cummings, campaign director of the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, could be found guilty of contempt of parliament, after refusing to attend a formal summons on May 22 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/may/17/brexit-may-denies-u-turn-amid-reports-uk-could-effectively-stay-in-customs-union-after-transition-politics-live?page=with:block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a#block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be reporting this to the Commons, which the committee of privileges will then investigate. If it decides Cummings is guilty of a contempt MPs can pass a motion censuring him. As it currently stands, the power to punish for contempt is untested in recent times.</li>  <li>Dominic Cummings, campaign director of the official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, could be found guilty of contempt of parliament, after refusing to attend a formal summons on May 22 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/may/17/brexit-may-denies-u-turn-amid-reports-uk-could-effectively-stay-in-customs-union-after-transition-politics-live?page=with:block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a#block-5afd6bdfe4b0738b88742f9a"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be reporting this to the Commons, which the committee of privileges will then investigate. If it decides Cummings is guilty of a contempt MPs can pass a motion censuring him. As it currently stands, the power to punish for contempt is untested in recent times.</li>
<li>Former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-nix-evidence-17-191/">agreed to appear</a> before the UK's culture committee on June 6, after he was issued with a formal summons.</li>  <li>Former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-nix-evidence-17-191/">agreed to appear</a> before the UK's culture committee on June 6, after he was issued with a formal summons.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<ul> <ul>
<li>The unofficial Brexit campaigning organization Leave.EU <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44080096">was fined £70,000</a> for breaking electoral law during the 2016 EU referendum, after it overspent by "at least" 10 percent and failed to report £77,380, the Electoral Commission said. However, it found no evidence that the organization received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica. After the the Electoral Commission's decision was announced, Leave.EU's cofounder and <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">major UKIP donor </a>Arron Banks said the body is a "Blairite Swamp Creation, packed full of establishment ‘Remoaners’ that couldn’t quite make it to the House of Lords ... What a shambles, we will see them in court” (<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/leaveeu-fined-over-referendum-campaign_uk_5af537f5e4b00d7e4c19200a"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>).</li>  <li>The unofficial Brexit campaigning organization Leave.EU <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44080096">was fined £70,000</a> for breaking electoral law during the 2016 EU referendum, after it overspent by "at least" 10 percent and failed to report £77,380, the Electoral Commission said. However, it found no evidence that the organization received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica. After the the Electoral Commission's decision was announced, Leave.EU's cofounder and <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">major UKIP donor </a>Arron Banks said the body is a "Blairite Swamp Creation, packed full of establishment ‘Remoaners’ that couldn’t quite make it to the House of Lords ... What a shambles, we will see them in court” (<a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/leaveeu-fined-over-referendum-campaign_uk_5af537f5e4b00d7e4c19200a"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>).</li>
</ul> </ul>
<b>The European Union has left the door open for the UK to change its mind on staying in the single market until the end of the proposed transition period - the end of 2020. EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43725817">said:</a> "If the UK wanted to change its red lines, we would therefore change ours."</b> <b>The European Union has left the door open for the UK to change its mind on staying in the single market until the end of the proposed transition period - the end of 2020. EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43725817">said:</a> "If the UK wanted to change its red lines, we would therefore change ours."</b>
Among other things, being a member of the EU single market requires countries to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_movement_for_workers_in_the_European_Union">accept freedom of movement</a>, which gives EU citizens the rights to live and work in other EU and EEA (European Economic Area - Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway)<strong> </strong>member states, as well as Switzerland, which is not part of either but has an arrangement to this effect. Among other things, being a member of the EU single market requires countries to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_movement_for_workers_in_the_European_Union">accept freedom of movement</a>, which gives EU citizens the rights to live and work in other EU and EEA (European Economic Area - Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway)<strong> </strong>member states, as well as Switzerland, which is not part of either but has an arrangement to this effect.
<strong>UK and EU negotiators have released a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit, detailing compromises on key negotiating points such as a transitional exit period and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</strong> <strong>UK and EU negotiators have released a draft agreement on the terms of Brexit, detailing compromises on key negotiating points such as a transitional exit period and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</strong>
The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf">130-page draft</a>, color-coded to clarify which elements are yet to be agreed, maintains the EU's position that Northern Ireland will remain in regulatory alignment with Ireland, unless the UK puts forward an alternative solution that avoids a regulated border. The <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/draft_agreement_coloured.pdf">130-page draft</a>, color-coded to clarify which elements are yet to be agreed, maintains the EU's position that Northern Ireland will remain in regulatory alignment with Ireland, unless the UK puts forward an alternative solution that avoids a regulated border.
Ensuring easy movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic is <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/583116/IPOL_BRI(2017)583116_EN.pdf">seen as key to</a> sustaining the peace as agreed under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement">1998 Good Friday Agreement</a>. Theresa May previously <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">said she would not agree</a> a deal that means the North will maintain regulatory alignment with the Republic - effectively pushing the border between the EU and UK to the Irish Sea. Ensuring easy movement between Northern Ireland and the Republic is <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/583116/IPOL_BRI(2017)583116_EN.pdf">seen as key to</a> sustaining the peace as agreed under the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement">1998 Good Friday Agreement</a>. Theresa May previously <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">said she would not agree</a> a deal that means the North will maintain regulatory alignment with the Republic - effectively pushing the border between the EU and UK to the Irish Sea.
Negotiators also compromised on the terms of a transitional period, from the official Brexit date (March 29, 2019) to December 31 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, UK and EU citizens will be able to move freely between countries during this transition, and maintain the rights to stay they have had previously. Negotiators also compromised on the terms of a transitional period, from the official Brexit date (March 29, 2019) to December 31 2020. Under the terms of the agreement, UK and EU citizens will be able to move freely between countries during this transition, and maintain the rights to stay they have had previously.
Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/27/european_union/trade-transition-and-the-irish-border-a-brexit-talks-crib-sheet/52275/">Trade, transition, and the Irish border: a Brexit talks crib sheet</a>. Read more: <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/27/european_union/trade-transition-and-the-irish-border-a-brexit-talks-crib-sheet/52275/">Trade, transition, and the Irish border: a Brexit talks crib sheet</a>.
<h2>In Brussels/Strasbourg</h2> <h2>In Brussels/Strasbourg</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>On December 15, leaders of the 27 EU member states, excluding the UK, met in Brussels and <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/32236/15-euco-art50-guidelines-en.pdf">approved the agreements</a> made in principle between the UK and EU negotiators.</li>  <li>On December 15, leaders of the 27 EU member states, excluding the UK, met in Brussels and <a href="http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/32236/15-euco-art50-guidelines-en.pdf">approved the agreements</a> made in principle between the UK and EU negotiators.</li>
<li>The heads of state agreed that "sufficient progress" had been made to move on to the next phase of negotiations, though <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-brussels/eu-to-move-on-brexit-talks-irish-riddle-remains-idUKKBN1E902B">several expressed concerns</a> that problems could still rise over a lack of clarity on thorny issues such as the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</li>  <li>The heads of state agreed that "sufficient progress" had been made to move on to the next phase of negotiations, though <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-brussels/eu-to-move-on-brexit-talks-irish-riddle-remains-idUKKBN1E902B">several expressed concerns</a> that problems could still rise over a lack of clarity on thorny issues such as the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</li>
<li>Delegations of negotiators led by UK Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-select-committee-/inquiries/parliament-2017/scrutiny-of-brexit-negotiations/brexit-negotiations/">have been meeting</a> in Brussels every few weeks since June.</li>  <li>Delegations of negotiators led by UK Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-select-committee-/inquiries/parliament-2017/scrutiny-of-brexit-negotiations/brexit-negotiations/">have been meeting</a> in Brussels every few weeks since June.</li>
<li>This is the first phase of negotiations. They have been trying to agree to terms on three areas of the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and EU: citizens' rights, settling outstanding financial obligations, and the Irish border.</li>  <li>This is the first phase of negotiations. They have been trying to agree to terms on three areas of the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and EU: citizens' rights, settling outstanding financial obligations, and the Irish border.</li>
<li>On December 13, in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fTEXT%2bMOTION%2bB8-2017-0677%2b0%2bDOC%2bXML%2bV0%2f%2fEN&amp;language=EN">voted in favor</a> of moving on to the next phase of negotiations, now that an interim deal has been reached.</li>  <li>On December 13, in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fTEXT%2bMOTION%2bB8-2017-0677%2b0%2bDOC%2bXML%2bV0%2f%2fEN&amp;language=EN">voted in favor</a> of moving on to the next phase of negotiations, now that an interim deal has been reached.</li>
<li>In early December, UK Prime Minister Theresa May went to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42277040">to thrash out an agreement</a>.  <li>In early December, UK Prime Minister Theresa May went to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42277040">to thrash out an agreement</a>.
<ul> <ul>
<li>The agreement, "in principle," says that there will be no "hard border" between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</li>  <li>The agreement, "in principle," says that there will be no "hard border" between Ireland and Northern Ireland.</li>
<li>EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will have their rights to live, work and study protected.</li>  <li>EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will have their rights to live, work and study protected.</li>
<li>The "divorce bill," covering the UK's outstanding financial obligations under agreements made while it was an EU member, likely will be £35 billion to £39 billion ($47 billion to $52 billion), Davis said during a BBC<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/10121703.pdf"> interview.</a></li>  <li>The "divorce bill," covering the UK's outstanding financial obligations under agreements made while it was an EU member, likely will be £35 billion to £39 billion ($47 billion to $52 billion), Davis said during a BBC<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/10121703.pdf"> interview.</a></li>
<li>The agreement was criticized as a <a href="https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/939180281994526721">capitulation</a> by pro-Brexit politicians.</li>  <li>The agreement was criticized as a <a href="https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/939180281994526721">capitulation</a> by pro-Brexit politicians.</li>
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</li> </li>
<li>On January 29, the EU Council agreed the parameters of the second phase of negotiations. Their position is that the UK will have a transitional period up until December 31 2020, in which the UK will abide by EU law and remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, but will not be represented on the council.</li>  <li>On January 29, the EU Council agreed the parameters of the second phase of negotiations. Their position is that the UK will have a transitional period up until December 31 2020, in which the UK will abide by EU law and remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, but will not be represented on the council.</li>
<li>On February 8, a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42979729">Dutch court referred</a> a case brought by five britons to the European Court of Justice, seeking to ensure their rights as EU citizens can be protected after brexit.</li>  <li>On February 8, a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42979729">Dutch court referred</a> a case brought by five britons to the European Court of Justice, seeking to ensure their rights as EU citizens can be protected after brexit.</li>
<li>On February 28, the European Commission <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/EC-draft_withdrawal_agreement.pdf">released its draft agreement</a> on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU. The <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/28/european_union/what-does-the-eus-brexit-offering-mean-for-the-negotiations/52611/">draft confirmed the EU’s position</a> <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">that the only way to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland, preventing the risk of undermining the Good Friday peace agreement, is to maintain full regulatory alignment between both jurisdictions.</span></li>  <li>On February 28, the European Commission <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/EC-draft_withdrawal_agreement.pdf">released its draft agreement</a> on the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU. The <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/28/european_union/what-does-the-eus-brexit-offering-mean-for-the-negotiations/52611/">draft confirmed the EU’s position</a> <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">that the only way to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland, preventing the risk of undermining the Good Friday peace agreement, is to maintain full regulatory alignment between both jurisdictions.</span></li>
<li>On March 19, EU and UK negotiators released a color-coded version of the draft agreement, confirming they have agreed to a transition period in which EU citizens will be able to arrive in the UK with full rights (and vice versa). The UK also agreed to the EU's terms on northern Ireland, but only as a "backstop" allowing them to seek an alternative solution.</li>  <li>On March 19, EU and UK negotiators released a color-coded version of the draft agreement, confirming they have agreed to a transition period in which EU citizens will be able to arrive in the UK with full rights (and vice versa). The UK also agreed to the EU's terms on northern Ireland, but only as a "backstop" allowing them to seek an alternative solution.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>In Westminster</h2> <h2>In Westminster</h2>
<ul> <ul>
<li>On December 13, the UK parliament <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu/after-defeat-at-home-may-urges-eu-leaders-to-move-on-with-brexit-idUKKBN1E80EP">rejected</a> the government's version of its <a style="color: #008d6f;" href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/september/commons-european-union-withdrawal-bill/">Withdrawal Bill</a> which  <li>On December 13, the UK parliament <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu/after-defeat-at-home-may-urges-eu-leaders-to-move-on-with-brexit-idUKKBN1E80EP">rejected</a> the government's version of its <a style="color: #008d6f;" href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/september/commons-european-union-withdrawal-bill/">Withdrawal Bill</a> which
<ul> <ul>
<li>Repeals the <a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1972/68/contents" rel="external">European Communities Act of 1972</a>, which (with a number of amendments in the intervening years) is the legal basis for European legislation being incorporated into UK law.</li>  <li>Repeals the <a href="http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1972/68/contents" rel="external">European Communities Act of 1972</a>, which (with a number of amendments in the intervening years) is the legal basis for European legislation being incorporated into UK law.</li>
<li>Provides for a degree of continuity, through a category of “retained EU law” which provides legal grounding for the EU legislation that will be retained.</li>  <li>Provides for a degree of continuity, through a category of “retained EU law” which provides legal grounding for the EU legislation that will be retained.</li>
<li>MPs in the opposition and May's own party have criticized the bill, which as it stands allows ministers to amend EU law without a vote in parliament. The bill's opponents say that it would allow ministers to amend EU legislation in the UK without parliamentary scrutiny or approval.</li>  <li>MPs in the opposition and May's own party have criticized the bill, which as it stands allows ministers to amend EU law without a vote in parliament. The bill's opponents say that it would allow ministers to amend EU legislation in the UK without parliamentary scrutiny or approval.</li>
</ul> </ul>
</li> </li>
<li>On December 13, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42329118">May told parliament</a> that MPs would get a vote on the full and final agreement between the UK and EU "well before" the UK's official leaving date in March 2019.</li>  <li>On December 13, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42329118">May told parliament</a> that MPs would get a vote on the full and final agreement between the UK and EU "well before" the UK's official leaving date in March 2019.</li>
<li>Parliament <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42346898">voted in favor</a> of an amendment to the bill tabled by Conservative MP Dominic Grieve that will ensure that parliament gets a "meaningful" vote on the final deal. Labour back the amendment, and 12 Conservative MPs, including Grieve, defied their party whips by voting against the government's version of the bill.</li>  <li>Parliament <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42346898">voted in favor</a> of an amendment to the bill tabled by Conservative MP Dominic Grieve that will ensure that parliament gets a "meaningful" vote on the final deal. Labour back the amendment, and 12 Conservative MPs, including Grieve, defied their party whips by voting against the government's version of the bill.</li>
<li>On February 29, the House of Lords Constitutional Committee said in a statement that the EU Withdrawal Bill has "fundamental flaws," and "risks undermining the legal certainty it seeks to provide." The legislation requires approval from the upper chamber, the Lords, to pass.</li>  <li>On February 29, the House of Lords Constitutional Committee said in a statement that the EU Withdrawal Bill has "fundamental flaws," and "risks undermining the legal certainty it seeks to provide." The legislation requires approval from the upper chamber, the Lords, to pass.</li>
<li>On February 26, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-corbyn/corbyn-piles-pressure-on-may-over-brexit-by-pledging-eu-customs-union-idUKKCN1GA005">said that if he was elected</a> his government would push for the creation of a UK-EU customs union that would prevent tariffs on goods traded between the UK and EU, as well as preventing any need for border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.</li>  <li>On February 26, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-corbyn/corbyn-piles-pressure-on-may-over-brexit-by-pledging-eu-customs-union-idUKKCN1GA005">said that if he was elected</a> his government would push for the creation of a UK-EU customs union that would prevent tariffs on goods traded between the UK and EU, as well as preventing any need for border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.</li>
<li>On March 2, <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">Theresa May delivered</a> a "hard facts" speech, reiterating her position that there can be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, nor can there be regulatory lines between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.</li>  <li>On March 2, <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-our-future-economic-partnership-with-the-european-union">Theresa May delivered</a> a "hard facts" speech, reiterating her position that there can be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, nor can there be regulatory lines between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.</li>
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