The Latest: EU mulls Irish border post options post-Brexit

A leading official in the European Union says he cannot rule out the prospect of customs points being built on the Irish border

LONDON -- The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

A leading official in the European Union says he cannot rule out the prospect of customs points being built on the Irish border with Northern Ireland in the event Britain crashes out of the bloc in eight days without a deal.

Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said "a hard Brexit is increasingly possible."

Asked whether border posts would be needed between EU state Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland, he said the aim is ensure that checks are done "away from the border, if at all possible."

Currently there is no infrastructure, and goods, livestock and people move freely across the border.

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9:10 a.m.

Meetings are planned Thursday between the British government and the opposition Labour Party in an urgent search for a compromise Brexit solution.

The upper House of Lords is also set to consider legislation that would force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a Brexit delay from the European Union. The bill is aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit on April 12.

British police are warning politicians to tone down their Brexit rhetoric amid concerns about the volatile public mood as the future of Brexit is debated.

British officials hope to agree on a Brexit plan that can be presented to EU officials ahead of an April 10 summit that will determine if the scheduled exit date can be delayed.

Business leaders warn that a "no-deal" Brexit would badly hurt commerce.

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