Irish PM sat­is­fied there will be no hard bor­der

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY MICHELLE DEVANE

Irish prime min­is­ter Leo Varad­kar has said he is sat­is­fied the le­gal text for the with­drawal of the UK from the EU will en­sure there will be no hard bor­der in Ire­land af­ter Brexit.

The draft doc­u­ment from the EU will be pub­lished in Brus­sels to­day.

Since the po­lit­i­cal deal on the con­tentious is­sue was struck in De­cem­ber, Mr Varad­kar said the UK Gov­ern­ment had sought to turn a po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment into a le­gal text.“I am sat­is­fied that it puts down in law how we can avoid a hard bor­der be­tween North­ern Ire­land and Ire­land,” Mr Varad­kar said.

Si­mon Coveney, Irish for­eign min­is­ter, met EU chief Brexit ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier yes­ter­day to be briefed on the con­tent of the text.

Mr Varad­kar spoke by phone with his UK coun­ter­part Theresa May on Mon­day night, ahead of the pub­li­ca­tion.

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