Brexit talks: Foster welcomes 'no red line down Irish Sea'

Brexit: European Commission says 'sufficient progress' has been made

Brexit talks to move on to second phase: EU

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier meet at the European Commission in Brussels on Friday.

"We are making progress but not fully there yet".

Theresa May is on her way to Brussels following overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border.

Negotiations between Brussels and London stretched late into the night, in the hope that the two sides could nail down a Brexit deal before an early morning press conference.

"We cautioned the prime minister about proceeding with this agreement in its present form given the issues which still need to be resolved and the views expressed to us by many of her own party colleagues", said Ms Foster.

Sinn Fein is to hold a protest in Rosslea on the Fermanagh/Monaghan Border on Saturday at 12 noon calling for designated special status for Northern Ireland post Brexit.

A mooted agreement between the United Kingdom and European Union on divorce issues including the Irish border, which would allow talks to progress to the future trade relationship, was torpedoed on Monday by the DUP.

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May's office said Wednesday that she and Varadkar "are committed to moving together to achieve a positive result" on the border, and look forward "to continuing relations as close neighbors and allies as the negotiations progress".

But the EU will only move to trade talks if there is enough progress on three key issues: the money Britain must pay to the EU; rights for EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU; and how to avoid a hard border with Ireland.

Talks have been continuing since then to try to resolve the dispute so that European Union leaders will agree at a summit next Friday, December 15, to open talks on future trade.

An Irish Government spokesman said: "Matters are being considered as part of ongoing discussions involving the (EU negotiating) Task Force, the Irish Government and the British Government".

Fifth, we will uphold the commitments and safeguards set out in the Belfast Agreement regarding North-South Co-operation.

Conversations continued with the DUP, which scuppered a deal on the Irish border on Monday after balking at "regulatory alignment" planned between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"We are going to take back control of our borders, of our laws and of United Kingdom cash contributions and that's the way forward, and we will come up with a solution", he added.

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