Existing technology can be used to avoid the hard border in Ireland: a British minister


British Interior Minister Sajid Javid arrives at Downing Street in London, UK on January 29, 2019. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls / File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – It is possible to use existing technologies to solve the problem of post-Brexit arrangements for the border between the United Kingdom and Ireland, said Sunday the UK's top minister. Interior, Sajid Javid.

On Tuesday, lawmakers asked the government to return to the EU to find an alternative to the "backstop", an insurance policy designed to keep an open border between the United Kingdom and Ireland if Britain and the EU fail to reach a long-term trade agreement. .

"It can be done … you can not have a hard border on Ireland and you can use existing technology, that's quite possible. The only thing missing is a little goodwill from the EU, "Javid told BBC TV.

Javid said that the EU had made it clear that it would help create alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border in Ireland if Britain ended up leaving the bloc without agreement.

"If they can do it in a" do not agree "scenario, why can not they do it in a scenario of agreement?", He said. "That's why I think the most likely outcome is always an agreement."

Reportage of Kylie MacLellan; Edited by Andrew Heavens

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