EU official pledges full support for Irish Brexit talks

European Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier was in Ireland this week where he told Dáil Éireann that the EU will work to ensure there is no hard border.

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier quoted from Seamus Heaney's ode to Europe, "Beacons at Bealtaine", and recalled talking peace with John Hume almost twenty years ago, before indicating the border issue will be one of his three top priorities from the outset of talks with the United Kingdom.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has offered reassurances to the people of Ireland that nothing will put peace at risk in the upcoming negotiations with the UK.

According to the guidelines, the European Union, throughout the negotiations, will maintain unity and act as one with the aim of reaching a result that is "fair and equitable for all member states and in the interest of its citizens".

It will become the UK's only land border with an European Union state after Brexit.


Ms Mogherini said: "We underestimate the power we have, and underestimating or downplaying it we hurt ourselves".

Businesses and politicians in the Republic and Northern Ireland want to avoid the restrictions on movement that have existed in the past.

While Brussels and London agree on the goal of avoiding a hard border, they have yet to clearly explain how the now invisible border can be maintained after Brexit.

LONDON (AP) - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator reassured Ireland on Thursday that the bloc will fight to ensure there is no return to a hard border with Northern Ireland after the United Kingdom leaves the EU. We have together the duty to speak the truth.

"I left Mr Barnier in no doubt that the SDLP will fight a hard Brexit tooth and nail. They protect our food safety and our standards".


She said this is critical, given the role the European Parliament has in agreeing the shape of the final deal to emerge between the United Kingdom and the EU.

Speaking ahead of their Dublin trip, BCAB chairman Declan Fearon said: "It is our hope that all the political parties in Ireland will agree to a special status for the North in the Brexit negotiations".

Kenny said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Theresa May needed to give greater clarity on how she expects to retain the closest possible relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

Michel Barnier visited the Republic of Ireland's frontier with Northern Ireland at the end of a two-day Irish visit.

Update 12.25pm: The Foreign Affairs minister says Ireland has to now work on cleaning up the mess that is Brexit.



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