October 3, 2019 / 1:31 PM / 19 days ago

Irish PM: customs, potential veto are obstacles to UK's Brexit offer

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Britain’s offer to the European Union to come to a deal on Brexit is welcome but customs arrangements and giving a veto to Northern Ireland’s assembly over any future regulatory divergence from EU rules are a problem, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.

“No party – not my party, not Sinn Fein, not the DUP - should be in the position to veto what will be the will of the majority in Northern Ireland and Ireland,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday after meeting Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a final Brexit offer to the European Union including an alternative to the so-called Irish backstop which has been a major sticking point to a deal.

Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; editing by Niklas Pollard

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