Brexit Secretary David Davis has said the lack of a Northern Ireland Executive is usually “slightly problematic” in terms of trying to resolve the future of the Irish border.
Mr Davis was giving evidence to a House of Lords committee on Tuesday.
He again suggested which technology along with trusted traders’ schemes could help maintain a “frictionless border” when the UK leaves the customs union.
He said work had begun in these areas nevertheless was “nowhere near” a solution.
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“We won’t actually have a solution to the Northern Ireland issues probably until near the end of the process, because we’ll need to know what the free trade agreement will be,” Mr Davis said.
“If the idea’s as we wish, a very comprehensive free trade agreement, which means you can get away that has a lighter customs agreement than you normally would likely in which the primary completely new piece of information involved would likely be rules of origin.
“So you can see, some thought’s gone into which, too.
“So we are creating best speed is usually all I can say – the idea’s not as fast as perhaps I would likely like, nevertheless we’re creating best speed.”
Political leaders in London, Dublin, Brussels along with Belfast have all said there should be “no hard border” along with “no return to the borders of the past”.
However, so far there have been no firm proposals on how to achieve which when Northern Ireland is usually outside the customs union along with single market along with the Republic of Ireland remains inside.
Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for more than six months.
Its institutions collapsed amid a bitter row between the Democratic Unionist Party along with Sinn Féin about a botched green energy scheme.
quite a few attempts to restore power-sharing have foundered.