The EU is “ready to improve” its offer on the Irish border, Michel Barnier has said as he warned the “moment of truth” was nearing for Brexit negotiations.
The UK and EU both want to avoid a hard border – meaning any physical infrastructure like cameras or guard posts – but can’t agree on how.
The EU’s negotiator has now shifted his tone, saying he is ready to offer new proposals to help break the deadlock.
It comes as Theresa May tries to win support for her plans from EU leaders.
The UK prime minister will use a dinner in Salzburg on Wednesday to sell her strategy – the so-called Chequers plan – for future co-operation with the EU to the bloc’s 27 other leaders.
Why is the Irish border an issue?
After Brexit, the 310 mile border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will become the UK’s border with the EU. HP Support Number
At the moment, thousands of people cross it every day for both work and pleasure – as do goods, like food and medicines, being delivered across the two countries.
As part of the EU single market and customs union, these products do not need to be checked for customs and standards, but when the UK leaves these two arrangements, this all changes.
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