UK considering giving Northern Ireland joint UK, EU status: UK source -—LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom is considering attempting to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations with a proposal to give Northern Ireland joint UK and European Union status so it can trade freely with both, a government official said.

Leave voters would rather lose Northern Ireland than give up the benefits of Brexit. It seems ironic, when we remember the sound and fury generated on both sides of the referendum campaign, that the biggest sticking point in the Brexit negotiations – the Irish border – is one that was hardly mentioned before the vote.