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Brexit secretary accuses EU of trying to 'rerun old arguments'

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has accused the EU's chief negotiator of trying "to rerun old arguments", as talks continue between the UK and EU.Michel Barnier said Great Britain would be free to leave the proposed single customs territory, designed to avoid physical border on the Irish border.But the government and the DUP have rejected this because Northern Ireland would have to remain within it.Mr Barclay said the UK had "put forward clear new proposals".The UK is due to leave on 29 March, although Parliament has yet to agree the terms of withdrawal.The UK and the EU remain at loggerheads over the contentious issue of the Irish backstop - which is designed to prevent physical checks on the border between Northern Ireland and t ...