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    Pressure on Theresa May intensifies, as Northern Ireland have threatened to veto the UK-EU trade talks until the Irish border issue is settled.

    The UK government is committed to avoiding building any physical infrastructure at the border with Ireland after the country withdraws from the European Union, UK Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson told reporters, stressing that Britain will be leaving the EU single market and customs union.

    He also noted that Brexit minister David Davis made it clear that the final solution can only be found "in the context of the future relationship."

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    The announcement comes a week after the Irish government issued a warning to Theresa May, that Northern Ireland will not tolerate the UK-EU trade agreement that implies a possibility of a hard border.

    Earlier, UK media reported that Brussels was trying to convince the United Kingdom to grant Northern Ireland a status that would allow it to have its own trade policy and even to remain part of the EU customs union, though the British government has repeatedly ruled out any possibility of Northern Ireland having a separate status that lessens Britain's sovereignty over the country.

    At the same time, Dublin has constantly urged the UK to stay in the EU customs union after Brexit so as to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland.

    Britain is set to leave the EU in March 2019, however, Brexit negotiations have been stuck over the past few months, with the main issues, including the single market and customs arrangements, far from being resolved. The Irish border issue prevents the UK from moving on to the next phase of its talks with the EU in December to discuss a final Brexit trade deal and transition terms.

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