PressTV-UK-EU talks fail, Ireland ‘surprised and disappointed’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he was “surprised and disappointed” that the UK government could not reach a deal with the EU after Brexit talks on the Irish border fell short of an agreement in the EU de-facto capital Brussels.

British Prime Minister Theresa May went to Brussels on Monday for key Brexit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission. It was widely anticipated that the meeting would conclude a first phase of Brexit negotiations. Many assumed that both sides would finally agree on the crucial issues of citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and most importantly the nature of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s border.

“The Irish negotiating team received confirmation from the British government and the [Michel] Barnier task force that the United Kingdom had agreed a text on the border that met our concerns,” said Varadkar on Monday after negotiations…

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