October 2, 2018 / 8:07 AM / in 2 months

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

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BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 2 (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.

Writing By Michael Holden

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