No-deal Brexit a very real possibility, warns Ireland's deputy premier

Ireland won’t accept checks on Irish goods at EU ports – FM

Coveney said Ireland and the EU Commission were trying to work out how best to respond to a no-deal scenario to ensure the Good Friday Agreement was protected, but also that physical infrastructure on the border was avoided.

Mr Varadkar also said that while the United Kingdom is consumed with Brexit, Ireland, France and the European Union should not be.

Earlier, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said "options" for having checks away from the actual border were being probed.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday a no-deal Brexit would be hard for Ireland and that European leaders needed to be open to any credible proposals the British government puts forward to break the deadlock.

She voted for another referendum and to revoke article 50, but against a customs union or single market arrangement.

He added: "We will never abandon Ireland or the Irish people, no matter what happens - this solidarity is the very objective of the European project".

He added: "I think we need to be open to any proposals that she may bring forward to us".

"Some things, we know can be done electronically, and remotely, like the collection of taxes and tariffs - other things we know can't", he said.

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Mr Macron said that credible justifications for an Article 50 extension for the United Kingdom could include an election, second referendum or alternative proposals for the future relationship, such as a customs union.

But Simon Coveney said it was not too late to create a plan that would protect the single market and the peace process on the island of Ireland in the absence of a backstop.

In London, prime minister Theresa May said yesterday she would ask the European Union for a further delay to Brexit beyond April 12 to give her time to sit down with the opposition Labour Party in a bid to break the impasse over Britain's departure.

"We want to avoid a rolling extension - any extension must have a clear objective and plan".

Pressed for more detail, he replied: "A lot of it will depend on the approach the United Kingdom takes and whether they will cooperate with the possibility of checks happening at the ports in Northern Ireland".

Theresa May's deal has already been rejected three times by Parliament, and she faces a desperate attempt to rally enough support for it to pass and revive hopes of Britain leaving the bloc with a Brexit agreement.

The Irish premier met with Macron ahead of talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin.

"Also, we'll need to consider how we may respond to any request for a long extension, and we want to avoid a rolling extension, so any extension must have a clear objective and plan".

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