Ireland warns Brexit talks could collapse over border issue

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(AP Photo/ Virginia Mayo). Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, on the sidelines of an EU and Western Balkan heads of state summit at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, Thursday,... (AP Photo/ Virginia Mayo). Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, on the sidelines of an EU and Western Balkan heads of state summit at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, Thursday,...
(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic). Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting of the EPP at a hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Heads of State of the EU and Western Balkan countries will attend a dinner on Wednesday and meet for ... (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic). Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for a meeting of the EPP at a hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Heads of State of the EU and Western Balkan countries will attend a dinner on Wednesday and meet for ...

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is warning Britain to explain how it plans to keep open his country's border with Northern Ireland or face the possible collapse of a Brexit deal.

Varadkar said Thursday: "We need to know that it's workable and legally operable, and we've yet to see anything that remotely approaches that."

Britain leaves the EU, and its single market and customs arrangement, in March. But the move could create obstacles to business between Britain's Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

EU leaders will assess the Brexit talks' progress next month. They want a deal by October so parliaments can ratify it.

Varadkar said: "If we're not making real, substantial progress by June then we seriously need to question whether we're going to have a withdrawal agreement at all."

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