Keeping Irish border open in no-deal Brexit difficult but possible, PM says

FILE PHOTO: Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Reconciling Ireland’s twin aims of keeping its border with Northern Ireland open and remaining a fully compliant member of the EU’s single market in a no-deal Brexit would be difficult but possible, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday.

With Ireland continuing to work with the European Commission on how this could be achieved ahead of the latest end-October date for Brexit, Varadkar said ultimately keeping Irish and Northern Irish rules aligned will be the only way to do so.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Catherine Evans

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