September 18, 2018 / 6:53 AM / 7 months ago

UK Brexit minister says will not allow Irish sea border - Irish Times

FILE PHOTO: European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier holds a news conference after an EU's General Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium, July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s position in Brexit negotiations remains that it will not allow a customs border to be erected down the Irish sea between it and Northern Ireland, the country’s Brexit minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said this month that he is willing to consider new ways to solve the Irish border issue, including technical checks on board vessels or in ports outside Ireland.

“Our position remains that we couldn’t see a customs border down the Irish Sea and that the economic and the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom needs to be respected,” Dominic Raab told the Irish Times newspaper in an interview.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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