October 18, 2018 / 3:50 PM / a month ago

EU negotiator calls for "orderly Brexit" with Irish backstop

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks to the media at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain’s departure from the European Union must be orderly and include an insurance against a hard border on the island of Ireland, the European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday.

“Brexit must include a solid, all-weather backstop to avoid a hard border (between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland),” he said on Twitter after a summit of EU leaders.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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