Shock Brexit REVELATION: UK official admits Northern Ireland could get DUEL ...

Under the proposals, put forward by Brexit Secretary David Davis, Northern Ireland would be subject to both EU and British trading rules.

Mr Davis is also considering a 10-mile-wide trade buffer zone to allow local traders, including dairy farmers, to trade freely.

He hopes the dramatic plans would eradicate the need for any Irish border checkpoints, a major demand from EU chiefs in Brexit talks.

A senior British official today revealed Mr Davis' blueprint is "one of several ideas being discussed" as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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The radical plan is a major revision of 'maximum facilitation' customs deal, also known as max fac.

'Max fax' would involve using technology to reduce post-Brexit customs checks by monitoring goods passing through the UK.

A Whitehall insider said: "Max fac 2 is tremendously complicated, but it's at least something the Cabinet can unite around.

"Persuading the DUP and then the EU to agree to it will be a different job altogether and, let's be honest, it will be very hard work.

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