Saturday 24 June 2017

EU officials 'confident' they can find creative post-Brexit Border solutions

Earlier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stressed that Europe needs to help Ireland deal with the fallout of Brexit (Stock photo)
Earlier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stressed that Europe needs to help Ireland deal with the fallout of Brexit (Stock photo)
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Top European officials are confident they can find "creative" solutions to deal with the Border post-Brexit, a special adviser to the European Commission President has said.

But it will take time, Catherine Day, the former head of the Commission and now adviser to Jean-Claude Juncker, has said.

"They [officials] are really seized by the issue of the Border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland," Ms Day told the second all-island forum on Brexit, hosted by the Government in Dublin Castle. "They are, I think, confident that they can find creative solutions. But it will take time, and maybe it will not be what we will sketch out on paper today. Maybe they can come with a different solution that will work just as well."

Ms Day, who served as the head of the European Commission for almost 10 years, struck a positive tone about the outcome of the negotiations overall.

"I remain optimistic that we will hammer out something at the end of the day because that's my experience. Everybody wants it to work. They start by wanting it to work their way, and then they realise that it conflicts with everybody else's [way], and then they get into a way of finding it. The European Union is endlessly creative about solutions."

Earlier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stressed that Europe needs to help Ireland deal with the fallout of Brexit.

Irish Independent

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