Monday 22 January 2018

Draft proposal on the future of Irish border 'close to status quo'

Leo Varadkar and Theresa May
Leo Varadkar and Theresa May
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A draft text on the future of the Irish border would commit the UK to allowing a "full alignment" of regulatory issues between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

If agreed it would be a major success for the Irish government - but sources say the U.K. face a big task to sell it to the DUP.

Sources say the proposal currently on the table is close to status quo.

It would allow for the free movement of people and goods across the border in a post-Brexit era.

However, sources say a deal may still not be done today.

"We do not have an absolute deadline on this," said a source in Dublin.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's News at One the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said:

"There has been good progress made this morning in terms of trying to find accommodation between Irish concerns and British government positions."

He said the Taoiseach will be able to make a "positive statement to the country and make some reassurance in the context of Brexit."

He added: "We need very clear language that protects the Good Friday Agreement"

 

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