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Belgium: Barnier unveils draft Brexit treaty02:10

Belgium: Barnier unveils draft Brexit treaty

Belgium, Brussels
February 28, 2018 at 15:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

The European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier unveiled his draft Brexit treaty in Brussels on Wednesday, including a 'provocative' section about the new hard border in Ireland.

"To maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement. This is the backstop solution," said Barnier.

This is one of three new proposed solutions to solve the hard border issue. The so-called backstop would effectively create a common regulatory framework for the whole the island.

The UK government responded by saying that the text threatens the constitutional and territorial integrity of the nation.

The complete draft text is 120-pages long and contains 168-articles.

Belgium: Barnier unveils draft Brexit treaty02:10
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The European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier unveiled his draft Brexit treaty in Brussels on Wednesday, including a 'provocative' section about the new hard border in Ireland.

"To maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement. This is the backstop solution," said Barnier.

This is one of three new proposed solutions to solve the hard border issue. The so-called backstop would effectively create a common regulatory framework for the whole the island.

The UK government responded by saying that the text threatens the constitutional and territorial integrity of the nation.

The complete draft text is 120-pages long and contains 168-articles.

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