October 17, 2018 / 2:46 PM / 8 months ago

Varadkar says all 27 EU states against hard border in Ireland

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Belgium October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday that he had the support of all remaining 27 European Union states on ensuring a Brexit deal delivers legally-binding guarantees there will be no hard border between Ireland and northern Ireland.

Ahead of a meeting of EU leaders to seek an accord on Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, he said he was open to suggestions that a transition period could be extended more than two years.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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