September 4, 2019 / 11:04 AM / a month ago

Irish border checks inevitably disruptive after no-deal Brexit - EU

FILE PHOTO: Irish police officers patrol along the open border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is still in talks with Dublin over how to organise border checks on the island of Ireland in case of a no-deal Brexit but such controls would inevitably be “disruptive”, according to officials in the bloc’s hub, Brussels.

One of the officials said the so-called Irish backstop — bitterly contested by Britain and the reason behind the House of Commons’ repeated rejection of their EU divorce deal — is the only way to avoid such disruptions after Brexit.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Catherine Evans

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