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Could Boris Johnson have the answer to solve the Brexit deadlock?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a year four history class with pupils during a visit to Pimlico Primary school
Hands up if you're a Leaver: Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a history class with pupils during a visit to Pimlico Primary school Credit: TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images

Boris Johnson is considering plans for a regulatory border in the Irish Sea as he seeks a new Brexit “divorce” deal with the EU.

The Prime Minister wants an all-Ireland zone for checks on most goods crossing between the north and south of the island as part of a deal that would remove the need for a Northern Irish backstop.

The idea, which does not cover tariffs on goods, was discussed with the DUP on Tuesday during talks in Downing Street, at which Mr Johnson also  offered a “Stormont lock” to ensure Northern Ireland would be able to veto any future changes to the arrangement.

It also emerged on Tuesday that Mr Johnson had ordered detailed feasibility studies on the possibility of a bridge between...

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