The EU’s chief interceder has emphasised that “a lot more substantial work” is required to preserve Irish cross-border co-operation after Brexit.
Michel Barnier was say after a meeting with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.
At concordats last week the UK and EU made good progress on maintaining the UK-Ireland general travel area after Brexit.
The arrangement between the UK and Ireland pre-dates the EU’s array.
It allows passport-free travel between the UK and Ireland and gives British and Irish natives a range of rights in each other’s countries.
However it also become knew that the totality of cross-border institutions and relationships has not yet been defined nor has there been a vast analysis of how Brexit could impact on them.
To that end the UK and EU have agreed a collaborative “scoping exercise”, being described as a substantial piece of technical make use of which will take months rather than weeks to unreduced.
Mr Coveney said Ireland is in “a uniquely vulnerable position” because of Brexit and physiognomies potentially “extraordinarly negative” impacts.
He said Ireland was in weekly “if not day after day” contact with the European Commission about Irish Brexit puts.