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"The UK and Ireland have been clear all along that we need to prioritise protecting the Belfast Agreement in these negotiations, and ensure the land border is as seamless as possible for people and businesses", Mr Davis said.

About three million European Union citizens, including almost one million Poles, live in the United Kingdom, and their fates, as well as the future rules for cross-border travel, remain unclear as Britain and Brussels negotiate their divorce.

Further, the British government has proposed new customs arrangements that would allow free flow of goods.

The BBC reported that if the proposals are accepted, customs officials expect to use both technology and physical checks to make sure larger businesses involved in global trade comply with new customs tariffs.

Mrs May also reiterated that free movement of European Union citizens will end, amid reports the Home Office is drawing up plans to ensure they can freely travel and live in Britain post-Brexit.

It rejected the idea of an effective customs border in the Irish Sea as "not constitutionally or economically viable".

Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association said the paper did not address the EU's unwillingness to discuss customs arrangements before settling other "key" issues. Any people in Northern Ireland who are Irish citizens will continue to benefit from European Union citizenship rights.

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"The Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade have called for greater clarity from the British Government on its approach to the negotiations, and publication of the new paper is timely and helpful in this regard", the spokesperson said.

The 1998 peace deal began a process which saw the border eventually become nearly unnoticeable by those crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

However, after the country ceases to be a member of the European Union by March 2019, the UK Home Office says managing migration is about access to work and benefits as much as the ability to control entry at a physical border.

The Prime Minister said there has been a constructive and positive start to the first phase of talks, focused on the so-called "divorce bill", citizens' rights and the Irish border.

Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis said: "The approaches we are setting out today will benefit both the EU and United Kingdom and avoid a cliff-edge for businesses and individuals on both sides".

A Government source said: "Both sides needs to show flexibility and imagination when it comes to the border issue in Northern Ireland and that is exactly what our latest position paper will do". The Confederation of British Industry said ahead of the release of the government's full paper on Wednesday that "firms are making long-term investment decisions now and need to see much more detail from these papers".

"It is a fantasy to pretend we can have the freest and most frictionless trade possible with our largest partner when the government remain intent on pulling Britain out of the customs union", he continued.

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