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    The government of France supports Northern Ireland having its "specific situation" after Brexit stipulated in a list of priorities once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in Dublin on Monday.

    BELFAST (Sputnik) — European Council President Donald Tusk has pledged to publish a list of priorities within 48 hours of UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggering Article 50 on starting Brexit negotiations with the bloc.

    "It is France’s wish to have the specific situation of Ireland mentioned [as a priority]," Sapin stated.

    Sapin further said it would be feasible for Irish exports to France that travel through the United Kingdom to avoid customs checks.

    Northern Ireland’s Sinn Fein, Social Democratic and Labour Party and Alliance Party have called for the country to have a special status after Brexit to allow the continued free flow of people and goods across the border with Ireland.

    May is expected to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday.


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