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EU’s Barnier assures Ireland of support during Brexit talks

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, participates in a media conference with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Barnier and Coveney underscored their tight bonds as they seek to tackle the separation of the UK from the EU, something which could have a profound effect on both Ireland and the U.K's Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s Brexit negotiator assures Ireland of his full support during the talks and says any deal affecting the border on the island will have to respect EU law.

Michel Barnier told Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney that talks with Britain on the border situation between member state Ireland and the U.K’s Northern Ireland are progressing slowly and have yet to make decisive progress on key issues.

He assured Coveney that “every solution we will look at will have to be fully compatible with Union law” and the EU principle of being able to do business seamlessly across the bloc.

Coveney said that “most importantly,” he wanted to see how the peace process could be maintained between the two, as they share “an invisible border that is 500 kilometers.”

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