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Britain's latest Brexit offer fails to gain traction

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest offer of a compromise deal for his country's departure from the European Union by the end of this month appears to have been rejected by EU officials even before all member-states have had the time to study its contents.

He has tried to deal with the single biggest stumbling block in the negotiations - fears of creating a tightly controlled border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which remains part of the United Kingdom - by offering to keep Northern Ireland as part of the European Union's trade framework for a long period of time after Britain leaves the EU.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2019, with the headline 'Britain's latest Brexit offer fails to gain traction'. Subscribe