Northern Irish party threatens to topple Theresa May's United Kingdom government

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However Brexiteers - including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab - are insisting any arrangement which would see the United Kingdom effectively remain part of the customs union while negotiations over a free trade deal take place must be strictly time-limited - something the EU has been resisting.

The Prime Minister is likely to face a major backlash from Eurosceptics within her party over the plans, with Leave-backing Cabinet members expected to resist such concessions.

The Northern Irish party that British Prime Minister Theresa May's government relies on for support says it will consider backing a vote of no-confidence if May agrees to European Union checks on goods entering the region post-Brexit.

Brussels wants a more long-term customs solution if talks fail - and reports said May told her Brexit "war cabinet" she was ready to accept the EU's terms.

Her spokeswoman said on Thursday London would present further proposals, which she described as "regulatory aspects", for the backstop border arrangement "in due course".

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And she again rejected any suggestion the north should remain within the single market, accusing Brussels of wanting to "place an effective one-way turnstile from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom".

May has ruled out any agreement which could see customs or regulatory barriers being erected between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.

Mrs Clinton made her remarks during a visit to Queen's University, where she collected an honorary degree for her "considerable contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process".

She said: "The uncertainty surrounding Brexit for everyone is substantial, but here in Northern Ireland it is acute".

Following three days of talks with key figures in Brussels, DUP leader Arlene Foster said Mrs May could not in "good conscience" accept the proposals now on the table from the European Union. Britain's Brexit minister, Dominic Raab, could also come to Brussels then if weekend talks cover enough ground.

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Selmayr, secretary general of the European Commission, has been tasked with coordinating preparedness to protect the EU from economic and political damage if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 next year without a divorce deal in place.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier outlined other "de-dramatisation" proposals to the European Parliament this week.

The DUP has threatened to vote against the government's budget if it goes ahead with the plan.

Labour demands that Britain retain "the exact same" perks it now has within the EU's customs union and single market - something May's so-called Chequers plan does not meet and which the EU rules out since London chose to leave both. Michael Russell will be there representing the Scottish Government and is expected to once again sound the alarm about the damage to Scotland's economy a hard or no-deal Brexit would do.

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