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Northern Irish warn against EU 'blackmail' over border

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen

Theresa May is hoping that her offer to double the divorce payment to around £40 billion will unblock talks - but she is facing pressure over a number of key issues still to be resolved.

Among the most troubled topics at home is that of the Irish border, as she is urged to make sure that physical checkpoints or barriers to free-flowing trade are not a legacy of the EU exit.

The leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionists had warned the Republic and the EU not to try to blackmail the UK over the issue of the border.

Then there is EU citizens' rights. News at Ten understands the Government may allow the European Court of Justice some kind of role in protecting those rights, something that will go down badly with many Leave voters.

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May holds cabinet meeting to discuss higher Brexit bill

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen

Theresa May has met with her cabinet to discuss whether the UK should agree to make a higher offer for its Brexit divorce bill.

At present, the UK has agreed to pay a £20 billion exit bill. But at tonight's meeting, there was speculation that ministers might have agreed to double that amount.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it had been a good meeting as she left, but ministers were remaining tight lipped on what was agreed.

Details of their decision will become clear when Mrs May takes whatever decision has been made to Brussels at the end of the week.

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