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Seven days: 8 December 2017

Seven days: 8 December 2017

May day – No deal

The UK and EU have failed to reach an agreement to move to the next stage of Brexit talks. Theresa May’s positive negotiations with fellow European leaders nosedived to nothing after the Conservative Party’s parliamentary peers at the DUP rejected the proposed Irish border concession. Although Mrs May said she was "confident we will conclude this positively", this delay is a significant disappointment. Northern Ireland's DUP has 10 MPs in Westminster, and their support is vital to the government as it continues to find a solution to present to the European Council on 15 December.

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