Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

No Brexit deal without agreement over Irish border - Simon Coveney

No Brexit deal without agreement over Irish border - Simon Coveney

European Union leaders will warn there has not been enough progress on the border issue when they gather for a summit in Brussels next week.

He argued the uncertainty as to whether people and goods will still be able to travel freely across the 300 mile Northern Ireland/Ireland border after Brexit was feeling the nationalist sentiment.

The first vice-president will travel to Rotterdam this Friday (June 22) to address a conference entitled 'Countdown to Brexit: Are we ready?'.

Across Great Britain, 62 per cent of respondents said Brexit negotiations were proceeding too slowly, with 30 per cent blaming the delays on "politicians in Britain who want a soft Brexit or to stop Brexit altogether".

"The most important element to me is the backstop, Varadkar said on Thursday morning".

Brexit talks are now at an impasse over the "backstop" - the fallback arrangement if negotiations over a future trade deal between Britain and European Union fail to solve the Irish border question.

Juncker said Dublin had the support of all other European Union member states, warning against "any temptation to isolate Ireland" in the negotiations.

The European Commission is now demanding the United Kingdom sign up to a Brexit "backstop" where Northern Ireland will stay inside the EU's Single Market and Customs Union, and be separated from the United Kingdom by a sea border until a way of keeping the Irish border open is found.

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Leaders of the 27 countries that will remain in the European Union after Britain leaves next year will take stock of negotiations on a withdrawal agreement and on a political declaration on what future relations with London should look like.

They'll meet with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste where the government will raise the lack of delivery on guarantees from the British side.

Yahoo has revealed that just 5% of Brexit issues were resolved over the last three months and there are just four months left to conclude the 22% of work that remains.

And the paper adds a temporary arrangement "could only be provided in law" if an EU-UK divorce deal and a future partnership framework are agreed.

"The withdrawal agreement must include a legally binding backstop so that there can not be a hard border on the island of Ireland in the future", Varadkar said., adding "a backstop cannot have an expiry date".

"I'm strongly against any temptation to try and isolate Ireland and not to conclude a deal on Ireland".

"This would only be used in very specific circumstances and be time-limited".

Mr Varadkar joined leaders from the UK's devolved governments for a summit of the British-Irish Council in Guernsey where the impasse on Brexit negotiations was centre stage.

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