Avoiding rigid boundaries in the problem of Ireland in Germany – foreign Minister Heiko Maas

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    Avoiding rigid boundaries in Ireland-is a key issue for Germany, says foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
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Avoiding rigid boundaries in Ireland-is a key issue for Germany, says foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

“Any danger or deterioration in relation to Northern Ireland should not take place as a consequence of the quarter and month, and in this regard we need to unite and we need a unified voice from the 27 EU partners”, said Mr. Maas.

“We stand by our position, we must avoid rigid boundaries; it is a key issue,” he said.

A top ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a press conference along with the Tanaiste and Minister for foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Berlin today.

In Tanaiste spoke at the annual conference of foreign ambassadors.

He warned that the formal date the UK out of the EU from 29 March 2019 is not far and that to come to an agreement on support was the most “difficult” question.

But Mr Coveney said that the Irish border has been “the EU’s problem”, not just one in Ireland.

“It’s not just an Irish problem which must be solved in these negotiations and the British government understands that”.

Meanwhile, both Ministers denied the allegations, reported in the British press today, which quoted the Prime Minister of great Britain Theresa may as saying that not leaving the UK the Internet is “not the end of the world”.

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“We don’t want any deals in the UK out of the EU, we want to understand,” said Mr. Maas.

“A British exit from the EU is quite difficult and if it occurs very organized this will have negative consequences for all stakeholders, so we work towards the conclusion of the agreement.”

He added that there should be some progress “in the coming weeks because time is running out”.

Mr Coveney said ‘not leaving the UK deal would be very bad news for Ireland and other EU countries and in UK too.

He said that “various statements” appearing in the press about ‘no’ intended to influence the negotiations, but said he was confident that the deal can be a mediator.

“We hear various statements since the talks in respect of a transaction not withdraw Britain from the EU as it will affect negotiating positions and so on; I do not believe that there is a online British exit from the EU is in nobody’s interest, and I think we have the potential to ensure that transactions are made”, – he said.

He also doubled down on the need for Irish support in the EU-UK Treaty the withdrawal of troops, saying the issue is “not to change”.

“It’s definitely a must as a backup or insurance mechanism to reassure people they are not faced with the consequences of the physical boundaries on the island of Ireland again.

“That is, the EU and the Irish position, which will not change.”

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