Ireland’s deputy prime minister has said checks on Irish goods in EU ports “is not a runner”.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said Ireland cannot allow a no deal which drags Ireland out of the single market.

Mr Coveney said he agreed with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, that as the days pass a no deal Brexit looks “a very real possibility”.

He told the Irish parliament (the Dáil) that Ireland must prepare for no deal.

Mr Coveney said he would bring two papers to cabinet on Tuesday evening, when the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar returns from his meeting with the French President, Emanuel Macron.

The Tánaiste said the Irish government had a dual responsibility and a difficult protecting the European Single market and the Good Friday Agreement peace process.


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