Irish PM says no deal yet on Brexit protocol

FILE PHOTO: Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar speaks to the media after meeting with Northern Ireland Party Leaders, at Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Britain January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Lorraine O'Sullivan

DUBLIN (Reuters) – British and European Union negotiators have been holding constructive talks but no deal has been reached on post-Brexit trade rules relating to Northern Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

Varadkar was responding to a question in parliament about a report in The Times newspaper that Britain and the European Union had struck a customs deal that could help end post-Brexit wrangling over Northern Ireland.

“I can confirm that, notwithstanding newspaper reports, no deal has yet been done between the EU and the UK,” Varadkar said.

(Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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