Brexit: EU ‘obliged’ to check goods at Border if no-deal, says Barnier

Backstop cannot be time limited in bid to avert no agreement, says bloc’s chief negotiator

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “When I visited Dungannon in May 2018, I was very struck by my meeting with a group of women . . . Two of them wept because they were so afraid that the Troubles would start again.” Photograph: Getty Images

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “When I visited Dungannon in May 2018, I was very struck by my meeting with a group of women . . . Two of them wept because they were so afraid that the Troubles would start again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The European Union “will have the obligation” to check goods travelling from Northern Ireland to the Republic in the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnierhas said.

Mr Barnier spoke in an interview with Le Monde, the Luxemburger Wort and Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

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