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Checks on Irish border 'temporary'

Tanaiste Simon Coveney
Tanaiste Simon Coveney

By Our Political Staff

Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said any checks on the Irish border as a result of Brexit will be temporary.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not tabled any detailed alternatives to the backstop but Mr Coveney said "he is convinced the PM wants to get a deal".

Mr Coveney said Ireland is willing to place some checks on the border to protect its membership of the European Union single market but it would be a temporary arrangement.

"We don't regard those checks that may be needed in the event of no-deal as a permanent arrangement - not by a long shot," said Mr Coveney.

He said any alternatives put forward by the UK Government to the backstop must be scrutinised. "We are not going to mislead people and essentially kick this can down the road. Any alternatives to the backstop need to be tested, scrutinised and need to do the job that the backstop we put forward already does," he added.

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