Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, warns that PM’s proposals could be insufficient to prevent hard border in Ireland

A bold attempt by Theresa May to crack the Brexit impasse ran into trouble on Thursday as the Irish prime minister warned a new customs plan signed off by her warring ministers could be insufficient to avoid a hard border.

The prime minister has persuaded reluctant Brexiters to agree to a plan to continue applying EU tariffs beyond the end of 2020, if no agreement has been reached to alleviate the need for border checks.

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