Irish border checks 'unavoidable' post Brexit, Barnier warns

EU chief negotiator Michel triggered a furious row last week when he claimed at a press conference that leaving the customs union would guarantee a hard Irish border

French officials have repeatedly said that Paris' main objective in Brexit negotiations was to maintain the unity of the 27 remaining countries and that the only point of contact for British diplomats should be the Commission's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier. One of these is the UK's right to object to new European Union rules that it will have to apply after 2019 during the two-year transitional period.

The prime minister has also said that she will be giving another speech in which she said she will yet again clarifying her cabinet's position on Brexit as well as an outline on how to proceed forward with Brussels.

Sterling slipped back towards a three-week low against the dollar on Monday, weighed down by uncertainty among investors over whether Britain would succeed in securing a post-Brexit transition period.

NFU director of European Union exit and global trade Nick Von Westenholtz said: "This statement is a strong signal urging Government to recognise the crucial role the food supply sector will continue to play in post-Brexit Britain".

"To be frank, I am surprised by these disagreements".

"We see fluctuations between countries and sectors but on the whole this is a surprisingly upbeat response", said John Maloney, head of FTI Consulting's Brexit taskforce.

"If a transitional agreement is not reached in the coming months, the BoE would be less likely to follow through on their plans to raise rates in May, although Governor (Mark) Carney did not go as far as to completely rule out a hike in that scenario", said Derek Halpenny, head of European market research at MUFG. She will deliver another setting out Britain's future partnership, although a date for that has yet to be confirmed. 'Brexit bonus'Defra Secretary Michael Gove said farmers have helped deliver a "Brexit bonus". Barnier urged the United Kingdom to provide "precise, clear and unambiguous" proposals to avoid imposing a "hard" border.

The EU released a document last Wednesday, which included a "toolbox" of sanctions to "avoid foul play" by the British government during the transition period after the divorce.

"I very much regretted the British vote on Brexit, like others, but we respect that vote".

On the thorny issue of the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, Mr Barnier said there was agreement that a hard border must be avoided, but added: "It is important to tell the truth".

But he added: "Time is short - very short - and we haven't a minute to lose if we want to succeed".

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