Varadkar welcomes customs posts that are not part of the UK government's plan to replace the safety net

PHOTO FROM FILE: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Summit at the United States Headquarters in New York on 23 September 2019 in the United States. United.

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The Prime Minister of Ireland on Tuesday hailed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's denial that Britain intended to propose the creation of customs posts at the Irish border as part of the deal. a plan to replace the controversial "backstop" insurance policy.

"I very much welcome the words of Prime Minister Johnson today, when he disavowed and distanced himself from these unofficial documents," said Leo Varadkar, referring to British technical papers.

"It was not, in my opinion, that would have been a tangible proof of bad faith on the part of the British government."

Varadkar said the British government had promised Ireland and the European Union in December 2017 that there would be no hard borders and no physical infrastructure and no controls or associated controls.

"And we expect the British government to honor this commitment made in good faith in the withdrawal agreement."

Irish national broadcaster RTE reported Monday that Britain had proposed, in a so-called "unofficial document", to create "clearing centers" on both sides of the Irish border after Brexit in order to avoid checks at the border itself. .

Varadkar said that he was aware of the existence of informal documents that the United Kingdom had provided to the EU working group and that they were to remain confidential and not to be shared with the Member States.

Graham Fahy report; Edited by Alison Williams and Giles Elgood

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