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Downing Street lobby briefing on the Royal wedding, the Irish border and the Chennai Six

Downing Street lobby briefing on the Royal wedding, the Irish border and the Chennai Six
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Here is a summary of this morning's briefing for lobby journalists by the Prime Minister's official spokesman.


ROYAL WEDDING

On the announcement that Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle have got engaged, the spokesman said: "She offers her warmest congratulations to the couple and happiness for the future."

 

IRISH BORDER

On Liam Fox's comments yesterday that a final settlement on the Irish border would not be reached until a post-Brexit trade deal is agreed with the EU, the spokesman said: "What I would point you to are the words from David Davis at the last set of negotiations with Michel Barnier, where he was clear we remain firmly committed to avoiding any physical infrastructure and we've had clear discussions about that with the EU. These discussions will continue in the run-up to the December council. But the Secretary of State was also clear that we would only be able to conclude them finally in the context of the future relationship."

 

CHENNAI SIX

On the release of six British former soldiers who have been in prison on weapons charges in India since 2013, the spokesman said: "The Government, from the Prime Minister down, has worked hard for over four years to support the men and their families and we share their happiness at the court's decision to give a full acquittal to each of the men. We are now working with the Indian authorities to discuss the next steps. We will continue to offer the men and their families consular assistance for as long as it is needed."

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