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France says June is ‘ultimate deadline’ for Brexit progress on Northern Ireland

French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian makes an official statement in the press room at the Elysee Palace in Paris

French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian makes an official statement with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly (not pictured) in the press room at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, April 14, 2018. TMichel Euler/Pool via Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) – A June summit of European Union leaders is the “ultimate deadline” to make progress on issues related to Northern Ireland’s border, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.

“The June deadline is the deadline that must be seen as the ultimate deadline” to find a way to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and allow progress in Brexit talks, Le Drian told reporters in Dublin.

Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis in April told a British parliamentary committee that June was an “artificial deadline” on the issue.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

 

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