Merkel will ‘personally inform herself’ about Border during Dublin visit

Merkel will ‘personally inform herself’ about Border during Dublin visit

German leader to hold a round-table meeting with group from Border areas

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin on Thursday where the two will discuss the possible second extension of article 50 requested by British prim minister Theresa May.

Dr Merkel is also visiting Ireland to “personally inform herself” about the implications for the Border from Britain’s pulling out of the European Union, her party colleague and German MEP David McAllister has said.

Christian Democrat Mr McAllister said the chancellor will also repeat Germany and the EU’s solidarity with Ireland in dealing with the fall-out from Brexit.

“Angela Merkel has dealt with the Irish border issue for many months,” he said.

“She has under all circumstances repeatedly made clear that her goal remains to prevent the no deal scenario and she will fight until the last hour to prevent a no deal Brexit.

“It is important for the EU to protect citizens’ rights, the integrity of the Single Market but also to keep the Good Friday Agreement alive.”

Mr McAllister told RTÉ Radio the withdrawal agreement between London and Brussels will not be renegotiated but “we could show some flexibility when it comes to the political declaration” on the future of the EU/UK relationship.

“It could be amended if that would help resolve the situation and there are range of options varying from a customs union to a Norway-type arrangement, but it is now up to British side to decide,” he added.

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