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10/5/2018, 11:39 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Ireland denies Belfast govt right to decide on Brexit

Simon Coveney, Ireland's tanaiste or deputy prime minister, said on Friday that all member states of the European Union understand the significance of the land border issue in negotiations about the withdrawal of the United Kingdom. Speaking to RTE, he expressed belief British Prime Minister Theresa May would respect the Good Friday Agreement and prevent the return of any physical or administrative barriers. Turning to the sensitive issue of Northern Ireland, Coveney, who is also the minister for foreign affairs and trade, brushed off the possibility to give the province any sway over a potential deal.

The arrangement of future relations between the UK and EU cannot depend on approval from the devolved government and lawmakers in Belfast, he reiterated and noted the assembly there has been blocked for 20 months. "Brexit needs to work," the top diplomat stated.

Nigel Dodds, leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which supports May's minority government, said today that it would be unacceptable to divide the province from the rest of Britain in any way, including tariffs or checks.

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