Dublin refuses to engage with UK on plan for no-deal Brexit

Irish and EU leaders will not discuss how to manage Border until Britain leaves EU

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: Several senior sources in Brussels and Dublin believe his political and diplomatic offensive is aimed primarily at a domestic audience.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK prime minister Boris Johnson: Several senior sources in Brussels and Dublin believe his political and diplomatic offensive is aimed primarily at a domestic audience. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Government has refused to engage in discussions with the UK about no-deal preparations, including on how to avoid checks on the Border, in recent contacts with London, The Irish Times understands.

The new British government wants to talk to Dublin about managing a no-deal exit, but Irish Ministers and officials have declined, according to three people briefed on the contents of recent exchanges.

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