Irish backstop is non permanent, Could and Juncker say


European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with British Prime Minister Theresa Could on the European Fee headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The “backstop” provision in Britain’s EU divorce deal geared toward avoiding a tough border on the island of Eire is non permanent, European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa Could mentioned after a gathering in Brussels.

“Their discussions lined which ensures could possibly be given with regard to the backstop that underlines as soon as once more its non permanent nature and provides the suitable authorized assurance to each side,” they mentioned in a joint assertion.

Juncker and Could agreed to talk once more earlier than the tip of February, the assertion mentioned.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Enhancing by Hugh Lawson

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