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Varadkar to ask PM May for clarity on Irish border

By Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will ask the UK Government to publicly outline "a clear and satisfactory" proposal for how the Irish border will operate after Brexit.

Mr Varadkar will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street today to discuss the reaction to her Florence speech, in which she said Britain wanted a two-year transition period after leaving the EU.

Ahead of the meeting, a spokesperson for the Taoiseach said he will use the opportunity to "emphasise that Ireland will continue to negotiate as part of the EU27 remaining member states, represented by Michel Barnier and his task force".

"The EU has made clear to the UK that there must be sufficient progress on the three issues of citizens' rights, financial settlement and Irish issues before the negotiations can address the future EU-UK relationship," they said.

In last Friday's speech Ms May reaffirmed her commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, as well as ensuring no physical infrastructure is put in place along the border.

It comes as the EU Commissioner for Taxation refused to rule out custom checks at Irish ports and airports.

Pierre Moscovici said it was up to the UK to provide a roadmap before his office can begin to prepare for the post-Brexit environment.

"But the only thing I can say is that we are really watching this question of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, that we don't want to backtrack, we don't want to go back to the past," he said.

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