Theresa May and Leo Varadkar to meet in Sofia

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May has divided most of her cabinet into two groups to try to improve the two proposals and come to a conclusion over which is best placed to prevent a return to a hard border with European Union member Ireland and ensure trade moves as freely as possible.

The UK PM Theresa May is under pressure as the European Union gave a time warning to complete the Brexit deal by this October.

For the EU, remaining in the customs union but leaving the single market will not allow for frictionless trade because border checks would still be required to deal with issues such as phytosanitary standards.

No 10 says the United Kingdom would still be able to sign and implement trade deals, and the measure would only last for a matter of months.

The U.K. said on Thursday that it will make a formal proposal for post-Brexit customs arrangements soon.

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As rightly put by the Netherlands Foreign Affairs minister that the main goal is to complete the deal within the scheduled time and they all are expecting for the best but sadly there can be no assurance of doing the same.

The continuing disarray in the British cabinet and the uncertainty surrounding the position Prime Minister Theresa May will ultimately adopt means that the Irish side has to be prepared for every eventuality ahead of the Brussels summit.

Mrs May said Britain would have an "independent trade policy" after its departure but Ireland has proposed a "backstop" if no new customs arrangements are finalised before the end of the transition period, the Telegraph reports.

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has announced that there would be no high-tech cameras on the border after the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

But Tory MP Marcus Fysh shut down the Remainer claim and said the whole Irish border issue has been "blown out of proportion".

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It would also be easier for London to sign up to the "backstop", since it would not necessarily lead to any customs requirement on goods going to and from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK.

Senior ministers met on Tuesday to discuss the government's options for future customs arrangements, but failed once again to agree.

"We agreed in December and in March to a backstop, but the subsequent legal text that was put forward by the European Union we believe was unacceptable", May's spokeswoman said.

Turkey Option: Leaving the single market and customs unions, while starting a new customs union with the EU. Brexiteers favour a "max-fac" option which would utilise new technology, but the scheme would be hugely complex and could take years to implement.

But the paper could be largely ignored at the summit unless the Irish question was solved to the satisfaction of Dublin and Brussels.

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