Britain’s minister for Brexit says the country could accept an extension to the two-year transition period after it leaves the European Union in March if the bloc drops its controversial demands on the future situation of the Irish border.
“If we need a bridge from the end of the implementation period to the future relationship … I am open minded about using a short extension of the implementation period,” Dominic Raab said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday.
The comments came amid intensified talks between Britain and the EU to reach a final deal on Brexit, a key stumbling block in the negotiations.
The EU insists on having a backstop plan for the Irish border issue. The backstop will allow the EU to keep Northern Ireland in the bloc’s customs union for the transition period and beyond that.
It is meant to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the EU state Ireland and to prevent a return sectarian violence in the…