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Frosty reception for EU's draft Brexit legal text

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By Chris Harris
Frosty reception for EU's draft Brexit legal text

The EU's draft Brexit legal text got a frosty reception at Westminster

Theresa May was scathing. Under the text, the European Union could maintain much of its sway in Northern Ireland after Britain leaves the bloc - with the option of a common regulatory area with the Irish Republic.

For the Prime Minister, that is unacceptable.

"The draft legal text that the Commission has published, if implemented, would undermine the UK common market and threatens the constitutional integrity of the UK by creating a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea," she said. "No UK prime minister could ever agree to it."

May, who repeated she wants to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, will lay out her vision for a post-Brexit free trading relationship with the EU on Friday,

You can watch the press conference that accompanied the publication of the text in the video player, below.