Irish and British officials have reportedly agreed to keep Northern Ireland’s regulations in line with those of the EU after Brexit according to a leaked draft agreement on the issue of the Irish border.
The draft deal text,obtained by RTE, would more or less keep Northern Ireland in the single market and customs union after Brexit by keeping EU regulations in place, unlike the rest of the UK.
The UK hasn’t been able to sign off on the deal yet as they currently rely on the DUP to prop up their government.
The hardline unionist party has said that it will veto any bid to move Northern Ireland closer to the Republic.
RTE says the draft deal said:
“In the absence of agreed solutions the UK will ensure that there continues to be no divergence from those rules of the internal market and the customs union which, now or in the future, support North South cooperation and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement.”
It adds that this paragraph was later amended to say there would be “continued regulatory alignment” on the island of Ireland.