EU studying Brexit border compromise

BRUSSELS (AP) – European Union Brexit envoy Michel Barnier says his team is studying new ways to check goods moving into Northern Ireland in an effort to overcome a major obstacle in the negotiations.

Brussels and London are still seeking a solution that would keep the border open between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland, just six months before Britain leaves the bloc.

Barnier said Tuesday that his team believes most checks on goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland “can take place away from the border, at a company premises or in the markets.”

The goods could then move freely from Northern Ireland into Ireland.

Barnier said that the EU is examining which goods “need to be checked. And where, when and by whom these checks could be performed.”

He added: “In no case will it constitute a border.”

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