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Irish Government welcomes UK's approach to N. Irish border

Written by Business World, on 16th Aug 2017. Posted in Agriculture

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Britain's pledge to seek a seamless and frictionless frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is welcome, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Wednesday, though more detail was needed.

Britain said there should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit in an early attempt to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its European Union exit.

Coveney said that in relation to the thorny issue of the border and custom arrangements, he welcomed the principles behind Britain's approach.

"The vast majority of those principles I think reflect the kind of language that we have been using... and so therefore is welcome," Coveney told reporters. "Of course what we don't have though is the detail as to how it's going to work."

Britain will consider replacing some European Union funding for peace projects in Northern Ireland after it leaves the bloc in 2019, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

The European Union has provided billions of euros of aid for the province since a 1998 peace deal ended three decades of violence between Irish nationalists and British unionists in which 3,600 people died.

"We ... want the EU funding that has helped victims of the Troubles and cross-community groups to continue at least until the current program finishes," May said in an article in the Irish News newspaper. "We then want to go further, and explore a potential future program of peace funding after we leave the EU," May said.

The British government had earlier committed to guaranteeing funding under the EU's Peace initiative until the current round of funding ends in 2020. (Reuters)

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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