Three things we know about Brexit..

Nicholas Whyte reports on three things we now know about Brexit:

  1. According to Barnier the British are talking about a Canada type model, no sector by sector deals and no passporting for the financial sector.
  2. The Irish border issue is serious and as yet has no solution (which is why the Taoiseach has been upping the stakes)
  3. The emergence of news of a £40 Billion figure emerging from the British side Nicholas suggests this means there’s going to be a deal rather than no deal.

The border issue is what’s holding Phase One up. Ireland will need a concession on that. A border down the Irish Sea is not happening; for the simple reason that the DUP won’t let it happen. Looks like its solution will dictate the nature of the overall deal.

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