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Brexit

UK Northern Ireland minister defends legislation that breaches EU deal

Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis defended legislation that breaches a divorce agreement with the European Union on Wednesday by saying negotiations had yet to find a way of ensuring free trade between Britain and Northern Ireland.

“What’s happened through the work of the joint committee negotiations is it has become clear that there is a possibility the EU may not be looking to conclude those in a way that allows us to be absolutely certain at this point in time that we can guarantee to Northern Ireland ... unfettered access,” Lewis told a parliamentary committee.

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Estelle Shirbon

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