U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly working on a proposal that could see her seek an all-U.K. customs union with the European Union (EU) and has received the tacit backing of Ireland for such a post-Brexit deal, the Financial Times said Thursday.
The British newspaper reported that one of the proposals May is working on "is for the whole U.K. to participate in a customs union with the EU," a scenario that could take effect if no other solution to the Irish border issue is found. The U.K. could stay within a customs union until a U.K./EU trade deal is finalized, the paper said.
Officials in Dublin, not named by the paper, "privately argue it could settle the border question and open the way to a deal" but the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has rejected the idea. A senior Irish official involved in Brexit talks was cited by the paper as saying, "whether Europe accepts it or not is another conversation."
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Barnier are meeting later Thursday.