Britain said it wants to avoid any physical border or customs checks with Ireland as part of any Brexit deal with the European Union, as tensions mount over the terms of the U.K.’s departure from the bloc.
British and European negotiators need to show “flexibility and imagination” to devise post-Brexit arrangements on the island of Ireland that preserve free movement of people and goods across the border, the Brexit Department said. The U.K. government is due to publish a document fleshing out its proposals at noon on Wednesday in London.
“The solution cannot be based on a precedent,” the department said. “But it’s right that as we shape the unprecedented model, we have some very clear principles. Top of our list is to agree upfront no physical border infrastructure — that would mean a return to the border posts of the past and is completely unacceptable to the U.K.”
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