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Barnier Raises Irish Obstacle as U.K. Moves on Brexit Bill

  • Up to Britain to find solution on Irish border, Barnier says
  • U.K.’s May meets key ministers on Brexit on Monday afternoon
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Barnier speaks about the consequences of Brexit for banks.Source: Bloomberg
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the U.K. to come up with a solution for the Irish border, making clear that an improved offer on the divorce bill might not be enough to unblock talks.

Barnier told a conference in Brussels on Monday that Northern Ireland will require a specific solution and that it’s up to “those who wanted Brexit” to come up with ideas. In comments that will rile the pro-U.K. Northern Irish party that props up Theresa May’s government, he said Northern Ireland already has different rules to Britain. “Unique circumstances require specific solutions,” he said.