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Parties lobby EU chief over border

By Noel McAdam

The European Union's chief negotiator on Brexit has heard sharply different messages from Northern Ireland's MEPs.

Michel Barnier held separate meetings with the DUP's Diane Dodds and Martina Anderson of Sinn Fein as PM Theresa May heightened fears of a 'hard border' between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Former Irish Taoiseach John Bruton, however, argued Mrs May had been "remarkably unclear about the sort of relationship she wants with the EU Customs Union".

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said the UK leaving the EU would result in difficulties over border controls on the island of Ireland, but that any problems could be solved. "These are difficult problems, but they are all soluble," he said.

After her meeting with Mr Barnier, Mrs Dodds said: "I made clear the need for flexibility to ensure minimal disruption to existing border arrangements."

Ms Anderson said Mr Barnier "is acutely aware of the unique situation we face in Ireland in relation to Brexit".

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