EU's chief Brexit negotiator calls for agreement on Irish border

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier right at a previous meeting with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

So far, the only solution on the negotiating table is the backstop, the default position that will effectively keep Northern Ireland in the customs union and parts of the single market.

The DUP and leading Tories have branded the land grab "unacceptable" while Theresa May has said no British Prime Minister would ever agree to it.

"It is increasingly apparent that the Irish government does not seem to care about securing a sensible and pragmatic outcome from Brexit which can work for both Northern Ireland and the Republic".

Foster's criticisms come in response to Barnier's suggestions back in February that the question over a border on the island of Ireland, which remains unresolved, could be solved by Northern Ireland remaining in the customs union after Brexit.

The two largest parties in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin and the DUP, are on opposing sides over the Britain's exit from the EU.

Varadkar agreed with Barnier, warning that Britain's "approach to negotiations will need to change in some way" if there is to be agreement over the issue reached.

By 335 votes to 244, the House of Lords backed an amendment to the government's key Brexit bill to give Parliament decision-making power on the outcome of negotiations with the European Union - including the power to call off the divorce.

He said the Irish border issue is one of the three key priorities of the Brexit talks from the very beginning and it is an European Union issue, not only just an Irish issue.

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"To be clear: without a backstop, there can be no withdrawal agreement", said Mr Barnier.

The former French minister who served in several portfolios responded by saying he didn't wish to engage in "polemics" with Ms Foster. That is none of our business.

"We want to see all parts of the Agreement operating and I also want to see the great strides that we have made on North/South cooperation continue and grow in the years ahead". "No more, no less".

"The backstop is not there to challenge the UK's redlines". It is there because of the UK's red lines.

Britain says an EU-UK free trade deal to be sealed by 2021 can resolve the border issue.

"This is why it is necessary to have a self-standing backstop solution".

"Although we do have a common travel area between the United Kingdom and Irish Republic, that is no excuse for formal visits of this nature not being subjected to normal protocol arrangements".

Mr Barnier visited the Irish border town of Dundalk, Co Louth, for a conference organised by the Irish Government on Monday.

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