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'No hardening of sea border with Wales'


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Every effort needs to be made to ensure there is no hardening of the maritime border between Ireland and Wales post-Brexit, the Welsh first minister has said.

Carwyn Jones said that any customs deal on the Border between the Republic and North should also apply for Wales. He said he did not agree with UK Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Brexit talks, and that it was not in the Irish or Welsh interest for there to be any extra bureaucracy that could hinder trade.

The comments were made after a planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mr Jones at Government Buildings in Dublin was cancelled.

Mr Varadkar travelled to Stormont to take part in talks with Mrs May.

Mr Jones said Welsh ports were dependent on trade from Irish ports. About 80pc of goods carried in Irish-registered HGVs between the Republic and Europe pass through Welsh ports.

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