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DUP Brexit meeting with Barnier 'constructive' but calls for 'greater flexibility'

DUP Brexit meeting with Barnier 'constructive' but calls for 'greater flexibility'

Emerging from the meeting with Barnier in the commission's Berlaymont headquarters, Foster told reporters: "We made the point that the current draft of the European Union legal text was not a faithful nor indeed fair translation of the joint report of December".

She used the opportunity to voice her displeasure with any arrangement that could create a customs border between the North and Britain.

Though she described the meeting as "a good and very open meeting", she said that "the current draft legal text has omissions in it, it also overreaches in other areas".

He said: "We have been very clear since the day of the vote that it is important for us that we get access to the European market, it's very important for the trade flows between the United Kingdom and the EU and vice versa". "We will be urging our government to come forward with a different text because we think that all of the joint report needs to be reflected in what is going on here in the heart of Europe".

In a deal agreed in December, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May guaranteed no hard border will re-emerge on the island of Ireland after Brexit, with Northern Ireland playing by the same rules as those in the south if all else fails.

"So there will be a need to negotiate from that", she said.

"And therefore work needs to be done on this now".

He added: "It is driving a coach and horses through the EU's own principles about no hard borders".

The second option is for the United Kingdom to bring forward unique concrete proposals on how a border can be avoided between two differing regulatory regimes.

The Taoiseach has rubbished that suggestion, pointing out that the US/Canada border includes armed patrols. Addressing a press conference in Dublin, Varadkar argued that "an armoured border with physical infrastructure, customs posts and people in uniform with arms and dogs" was inappropriate for Ireland.

"That is definitely not a solution that we could possible entertain". "Also there is a need to deal with some of the overreach in relation to the European Union text", she added of the draft legal text.

A Sinn Féin delegation travelled to Brussels yesterday for talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
Following the meeting, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she raised the "continued frustration" at the lack of clarity on solutions for the Irish border.


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