Following a late night meeting of the British Conservative Party,  Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he is prepared to give Rory McIlroy to Ireland for the 2020 Olympics as part of a possible Brexit deal.

EU leaders have greeted the offer with cautious optimism and will discuss a possible handover of Northern Ireland born McIlroy by Johnson to Irish Premier Leo Varadakar at the Irish border on October 31st, when the EU parliament sits in Brussels later today.

"Since our boxers went to shite we haven't a hope in hell of winning an Olympic medal" said Irish Premier Varadkar today. "We badly need Rory to recreate some of the glory days like when Michelle Smith won three terrific golds in Atlanta."

However, there are signs of divisions among ministers and senior No 10 advisers over whether to put McIlroy in a Team GB tracksuit.  Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson's chief adviser, is reportedly leading calls to go to the public for a referendum on keeping McIlroy.

Meanwhile DUP leader Arlene Foster said "We wont agree to this."  Pressed to expand on what she won't agree with, Ms Foster said "We wont agree with anything."

More as it emerges.

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