IRISH premier Leo Varadkar boosted Boris Johnson’s push for a tech alternative to a backstop by admitting Dublin will have to keep its border open if there is No Deal.
Ahead of crunch talks on Monday, he said some checks will have to be “near” the border but “as far as possible they will take place in ports, airports and at businesses”.
Meanwhile Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator David Frost presented to Brussels the UK’s border plan, first revealed by The Sun.
The UK would agree to an all-Ireland market for livestock and agrifood as long as the Northern Ireland assembly has a veto over EU rules.
And speaking in Ireland Mr Varadkar signalled attitudes may be softening.
Insiders said his remarks suggested technological solutions can be used to ensure there is no return to checks or physical infrastructure at the frontier itself.
But Dublin insisted that only the backstop can guarantee the fulfil the commitments Theresa May signed up to.
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The Irish backstop is designed to tie the UK to EU customs rules to avoid the return of a hard border in the event a trade deal cannot be thrashed out with Brussels.
Mr Varadkar said: “We don’t wish to see a No Deal Brexit and we will continue our efforts to avoid one, but not at any cost.
“Unlike some, I see no upsides to No Deal. I do fear it. But I am prepared for it.”
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