From top: Michael Barnier and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Mr Barnier and moderator: Áine Lawlor at an event called “The Brexit Negotiations: State of play and future direction” this afternoon
Dundalk Institute of Technology, County Louth.
The All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: Fourth Plenary Session featuring the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier.
He said there can be no Brexit withdrawal agreement without a “backstop” option for the Irish border,
Mr Barnier denied claims from Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), that he has been “aggressive” towards Northern Ireland unionists in the Brexit talks.
The DUP leader said earlier that Mr Barnier did not understand the dispute and was not an “honest broker”.
In response, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said he was not ready to engage in “polemics” with Mrs Foster.
He said he had not approached the negotiations in a “spirit of revenge”