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Taoiseach says Government 'confident there will be no border with North post Brexit'
Mr Varadkar confirmed the government has been asked to help the UK in shaping a final deal between Britain and the EU.

"We have been asked by the British authorities to work with them at official levels on how that might be achieved, but of course all negotiations will have to be done through the Barnier task force."

Bad timing
"If they decide they want to leave the customs union and not replace it with something similar, if they decide they want to leave the single market and not replace it with something similar or close to that then it is inevitable that there will be checks between Ireland and Britain," said Mr Varadkar.

"But, it is in that scenario where we trigger the backstop and what is there from the joint report in December, which is not just for the transition but on an ongoing basis, a special unique arrangement for Northern Ireland which contains full alignment and that is what we are seeking to be written in to the legal text of the withdrawal agreement."

"Unique" like Scotland, Wales, and Gibraltar? This idea -a tax-free, duty-free, WTO-free EU trade union unlike the EEA-- is so diabolical, it just might confuse Arlene and Sammy!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 12:51:29 AM EST
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