Brexit: UK and Ireland ‘could provide NI funding deal’
The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has suggested the Republic of Ireland and the UK could provide a post-Brexit funding package for Northern Ireland.
Leo Varadkar said the two countries should look at how they can jointly invest in infrastructure that could cover cross-border roads, railways and universities.
He said it was important to boost Northern Ireland's private sector.
On Saturday, MPs will vote on the new Brexit deal agreed on Thursday.
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Speaking at the end of a summit in Brussels he said the structures of the Good Friday peace agreement should be used to make sure the UK and Ireland continue to have a strong relationship after Brexit.
The administrations in Ireland and Northern Ireland already jointly fund cross border projects through the EU PEACE and Interreg programmes.
The Irish government also has a long-standing commitment to help fund a road project in Northern Ireland which will help improve the link between Londonderry and Dublin.
However, progress on that scheme has been slow due to a series of planning issues in Northern Ireland.