October 3, 2019 / 8:25 AM / 18 days ago

British Brexit proposals on border are basis for talks: Irish minister

A Brexit slogan is displayed at the venue of the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

DUBLIN (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s last-ditch Brexit offer concerning the Irish border is the basis for discussions but not of an agreement, a junior Irish minister said on Thursday.

“From our perspective it is not the basis of a deal, but it is certainly the basis for further discussions,” junior finance minister Patrick O’Donovan told RTE radio.

“There are some things that we would welcome, but some things we would have issue with,” specifically the prospect of customs checks, he said.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by John Stonestreet

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