Irish finance minister expects UK to honour December Brexit deal

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe stated on Wednesday he nonetheless anticipated Britain to honour the pact it made with the European Union in December, which was designed to forestall a tough border growing between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

“The agreement that we reached with the British government through the European Union last year must be honoured, and will be translated into legal text between the UK and the EU,” he advised reporters.

“It was an agreement that was made, and the different contingencies that were recognised that were the result of nearly a year’s work must remain in place.”

Doubts over the December settlement set in shortly after the deal, when Brexit secretary David Davis stated the deal was a press release of intent somewhat than legally binding. Britain has since then dominated out a customs union with the EU.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; writing by Kate Holton, enhancing by David Milliken

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