EC: Pre­pare for a no-deal Brexit

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

AN in­ter­nal Euro­pean Com­mis­sion doc­u­ment has been cir­cu­lated warn­ing mem­ber states to ramp up prepa­ra­tions for a no-deal Brexit.

The doc­u­ment was pro­duced be­fore the UK’s Brexit White Pa­per – which pushes the UK to­wards a soft Brexit – was pub­lished.

‘Draw­ing up con­tin­gency plans for the worst pos­si­ble out­come is not a sign of mis­trust in the ne­go­ti­a­tions,’ the doc­u­ment states.

The pa­per notes that a num­ber of is­sues are still un­re­solved, in­clud­ing the bor­der is­sue.

‘No progress has been made in agree­ing a “back­stop” to avoid, in­de­pen­dently of the out­come of the ne­go­ti­a­tions of the fu­ture part­ner­ship, a hard bor­der on the is­land of Ire­land,’ RTÉ News and in­ter­na­tional me­dia out­lets re­ported the doc­u­ment as stat­ing.

Speak­ing in West­port, Co. Mayo, yes­ter­day, Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar said the doc­u­ment did not mean a no-deal Brexit was im­mi­nent.

The pa­per from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion will be a topic of dis­cus­sion at next week’s meet­ing of the Cab­i­net in Kerry.

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