June 6, 2018 / 12:35 PM / 8 months ago

Britain will publish Irish backstop proposal shortly - spokesman

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May in London, Britain May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will publish its proposal shortly for a failsafe policy to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland if Brexit talks with the European Union do not produce a deal, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Wednesday.

He did not give any further guidance on when the proposal would be produced. Britain has committed to a ‘backstop’ arrangement with the EU to avoid a hard border in Ireland, but disagrees with the EU’s proposed means of achieving it and wants to put forward its own proposal.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James; editing by Michael Holden

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