Irish finance minister expects UK to honor December Brexit deal

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 07, 2018 6:53 AM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Wednesday he still expected Britain to honor the pact it made with the European Union in December, which was designed to prevent a hard border developing between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

"The agreement that we reached with the British government through the European Union last year must be honored, and will be translated into legal text between the UK and the EU," he told reporters.

"It was an agreement that was made, and the different contingencies that were recognized that were the result of nearly a year's work must remain in place."

Doubts over the December agreement set in shortly after the deal, when Britain's Brexit minister David Davis said the deal was a statement of intent rather than legally binding. Britain has since then ruled out a customs union with the EU.

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(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; writing by Kate Holton, editing by David Milliken)