David Davis, the Minister for British exit from the European Union (EU), developed a compromise plan on the status of Northern Ireland after Brexit, according to the newspaper The Sun. "We await written proposals from the British side".
The EU has already rejected two plans for the Irish border put forward by Britain: a customs arrangement in which the whole country would "mirror" EU rules, and "maximum facilitation", or MaxFac, which would allow Britain to diverge and use technology to keep the border open.
European Union diplomats and officials also voiced scepticism about the idea.
If there is no Brexit deal it is likely customs officials will have to carry out the checks and it will be the job of the police to protect them.
"But it doesn't matter what we call it as long as it works, and we think it will".
"Both of these would deliver on our commitments to ensure UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and enable us to establish an independent global trade policy".
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"For us, our only red line is that we are not treated any different from the rest of the United Kingdom, that there are no trade barriers put up between Northern Ireland and our biggest market which, of course, is Great Britain", Arlene Foster told Sky News on Sunday.
If it is a serious proposal then it shows that the British cabinet is as far away as ever from sorting out the intractable problem of the post-Brexit border.
"Both of these would deliver on our commitments to ensure UK/EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and enable us to establish an independent worldwide trade policy".
"This apparent U-turn from the UK Government. would leave Scottish businesses at significant economic disadvantage if they were implemented only in Northern Ireland", said Mike Russell, Scotland's Europe spokesman.
McGrane said his organisation was "aghast" that with time running out before Britain leaves the European Union next year, the government has still not set out clearly how it can avoid imposing a land border on the island of Ireland.