Theresa May's Wicket Set To Get Even Stickier

With just days to go until what Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier suggests could be a breakthrough, British Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to find consensus on a Brexit plan that would be acceptable to her ministers, her divided Conservative Party and the Northern Irish lawmakers who prop up her minority government.

May is seeking to rally support at home on the details of a divorce deal though it looks increasingly unlikely that she will win parliamentary approval. The 2017 General Election, called by Mrs. May in an attempt to increase her government's majority in Parliament, but which resulted in her existing majority being lost altogether, will likely be remembered as on of the most disastrous decisions in modern political history.

The issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic Ireland remains the chief sticking point. The leader of The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Arlene Foster, has stated categorically that she will not support any deal that would mean goods coming from the UK mainland into Northern Ireland being subjected to EU customs checks. Withdrawal of her party's support could spark another General Election.

Read also: Barnier says Brexit deal may be "within reach" as early as next week - admits Irish border issue remains problematic

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today. 

An experienced journalist and published author, he specialises in environment, energy, and defence.

He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

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