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Ambassador: no side deal with Ireland

By Colm Kelpie

The UK will be working on forging quick, bilateral trade deals around the world to demonstrate that it can survive outside the EU, Britain's outgoing ambassador to Ireland has said.

But it will be barred from doing any special side deal with the Republic as Ireland will be part of the EU negotiations, Dominick Chilcott said.

He said he expected "high-level" approaches from the UK to governments around the world to reach quick deals.

"Unfortunately, in Ireland's case there can be no special side deal in trade between the UK and Ireland," Mr Chilcott added.

"We will be subject to the same rules that will apply as between the UK and all of the EU."

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