October 1, 2019 / 1:32 PM / a month ago

Varadkar glad customs posts not part of British government's plan to replace backstop

DUBLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Ireland’s prime minister on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s denial that Britain intends to propose putting customs posts on the Irish border as part of a plan to replace the contentious “backstop” insurance policy.

“I very much welcome Prime Minister Johnson’s words today when he disowned and distanced himself from those non-papers,” said Leo Varadkar.

“Had he not, in my view, it would have been hard evidence of bad-faith on behalf of the British government.”

Irish national broadcaster RTE reported on Monday that Britain proposed in a technical, or so-called “non-paper”, to set up “customs clearance centres” on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit in order to avoid the need for checks on the border itself. (Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Alison Williams)

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