October 2, 2018 / 8:08 AM / 8 months ago

Eurosceptics plan for Ireland will avoid hard border - former Brexit minister

FILE PHOTO: Steve Baker, a Minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, leaves Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - A plan by eurosceptic rebels in Britain’s ruling party to rely on technology to check goods on the north-south land border on the island of Ireland would resolve a stalemate currently holding up a Brexit deal, a former junior Brexit minister said.

“We believe that we have produced a proposal which can operate within the current framework of technology and administration to deliver a free flowing border with no infrastructure on the island of Ireland within the boundaries of a free trade agreement,” Steve Baker told BBC radio on Tuesday.

The Ireland border question is one of the principal issues holding up a deal between Britain and the EU over Brexit, with less than six months to go before Britain leaves the bloc.

This story has been refiled to add dropped word in first para

Writing By Michael Holden

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