LONDON — European Council President Donald Tusk warned Britain on Thursday that there can’t be progress toward a post-Brexit trade deal until the issue of the Irish border is resolved. Britain and the EU agreed in December that there must be no customs posts or other impediments along the 30-mile (500-kilometer) border, but they have not agreed on how to achieve that. Britain has rejected the EU’s suggestion, which is to keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc’s customs union after the rest of the U.K. leaves it. Speaking alongside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Tusk said Britain must propose “a specific and realistic solution to avoid a hard border” or there can be no progress in other areas of the negotiations. “If in London someone assumes the negotiations will deal with other issues first, before the Irish issue, my response would be: Ireland first,” he said.
Source: Washington Post March 08, 2018 17:15 UTC