EU Rejects Northern Ireland Proposals, Italy No Closer to Government

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"The EU, including Dublin, have a joint responsibility alongside our UK Government to identify workable options to bridge gaps".

The government's approach to the Irish border issue is "misguided and fails to recognise numerous central concerns about food", the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has said.

"We don't recognize these reports", a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters on Friday.

The UK PM has consistently reiterated that she will not allow the return of a hard border to Northern Ireland, but at the same she has also promised to leave the EU Customs Union - believing that remaining would be seen as a "betrayal" of Brexit.

The UK hopes to avoid this outcome either by agreeing a very close economic partnership with the European Union, which it believes would make physical checks on the Irish border unnecessary, or the use of technology to keep goods flowing freely as they do now. The EU has rejected their proposals on the Irish question because their proposals were fantasy with no basis in reality or in worldwide law.

According to the Telegraph, Mrs May's suggestion of a "customs partnership", where duties destined for the European Union were collected on its behalf, was thrown out because it was too expensive, put too much responsibility on businesses and couldn't be implemented outside of the EU's mechanisms.

"We are confident that in the coming months if all sides work together productively we can achieve a solution", he said. "That continues to be our focus".

Mr Tusk revealed the bloc had come up with "new guidelines" to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland which are acceptable to both London and Dublin.

And Mrs May said customs union membership would "not be compatible with a meaningful independent trade policy" in her Mansion House speech last month.

The UK's former top official in Brussels, Sir Ivan Rogers, said he believed the European Commission and many EU states, in particular the Republic of Ireland, believed the "backstop" option was the only viable solution. "That, candidly, from everything I've heard from various places is still viewed as a bit of a fantasy island unicorn model". It was a point that seemed to resonate with many Brexiteer MPs who have long argued that remaining in the Customs Union would prevent the United Kingdom from striking new trade deals with non-EU countries around the world.