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LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A mooted eleventh-hour solution to the Brexit deadlock cannot work because Northern Ireland must remain in a full United Kingdom customs union, the deputy leader of the province’s key political party said on Saturday.

The Democratic Unionist Party, which supports Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in Westminster, will play a key role in deciding whether Britain can agree a new withdrawal agreement with the European Union before the departure deadline of Oct. 31.

According to EU diplomats, Johnson has proposed keeping Northern Ireland in a UK customs…

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