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Irish border solution possible, but not by reopening withdrawal deal, Merkel says

Irish border solution possible, but not by reopening withdrawal deal, Merkel says

The German chancellor said on Tuesday the EU would think about practical solutions regarding the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but not by revisiting the Withdrawal Agreement.

“The moment we have a practical arrangement on how to preserve the Good Friday agreement and at the same time define the borders of the [EU’s] internal market, we would not need the backstop anymore,” Angela Merkel said during a visit to Iceland.

“This means we would naturally think about practical solutions… The EU is ready to find a solution.”

Merkel said this would not require the Withdrawal Agreement to be re-opened and was instead a question of the so-called political declaration on future ties, Reuters reports.