Irish PM satisfied there will be no hard border
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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