December 14, 2016 / 3:09 PM / 8 months ago

Britain optimistic of EU help over Irish border - Brexit minister

A bus stop with both Northern Irish and Irish stop signs are seen in the border town of Belleek, Northern Ireland October 14, 2016.Clodagh Kilcoyne

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday he was optimistic that the European Union would be helpful in the government's quest not to have a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

"I'm optimistic that the European Union will be helpful to us on this. (EU Brexit negotiator) Michel Barnier, who's an old sparring partner of mine, is also very seized of this," Davis told lawmakers in a question-and-answer session.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Michael Holden

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