>> Apparently coming to you by 2022 Brexit. Britain's Finance Minister Philip Hammond said any transition out of the EU could last until that date.>> There's a general view that any transitional period would have to be finished by the time we get to the date set for the next general election, June 2022.
Now it might be a shorter period, it depends on the technical requirements to put in place customs and immigration arrangements and so on.>> The key date before then is March 2019 that's when the UK is set to leave the EU. But to avoid a potential cliff edge exit, there's been talk of a transitional arrangement.
Prime minster's poured some cold water on that timeline. Claiming in an interview with the Guardian, he's starting to believe Brexit will not happen. And the latest from Brussels is things aren't going to plan. The EU's top negotiator said that a lack of progress might push back talks on any future relationship.
Closer to home speculation over any deal is driving more divides. Northern Ireland's Democratic Union Party is hit out at Dublin after a rumor of seaboard with island circulated. The DEP's voice now has more sway than ever. Giving it's lawmakers now prop up the British government minority rule. Irish officials has since rubbish claims saying no such plans exist.
But Dublin also took the opportunity to take aim at the British government saying it was up to London to avoid any hard border. With mud slinging in full swing from all sides, 2022 may seem some way off.