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Irish Border Solution Could Be Parked Until End of Brexit Talks

  • Broad agreement to be sought as detailed deal postponed
  • German officials said to question need for totally open border
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The European Union and the U.K. will seek to agree on broad principles on the Irish border dilemma in coming months to prevent the search for a solution holding up the wider Brexit talks, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

The principles will go a little further than the negotiating directives published by the EU in May, and could refer to the special circumstances facing Northern Ireland as a result of the U.K.’s decision to exit the bloc, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential talks. German officials have questioned the need for a totally open border on the island of Ireland following Brexit, three of the people said.