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Carwyn's fears for ports over Brexit deal.

EVERY effort needs to be made to ensure there is no hardening of the maritime border between Ireland and Wales post-Brexit, the Welsh First Minister has said.

Carwyn Jones said that any customs deal on the border that was made between the north and south in Ireland should also apply for Wales.

He said he did not agree with Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Brexit talks and that it was not in the Irish or Welsh interest for there to be any extra bureaucracy that could hinder trade.

The comments were made after a planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mr Jones at Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday was cancelled.

The Welsh First Minister had been due to meet Mr Varadkar to discuss trade post-Brexit but it was cancelled to allow Mr Varadkar to travel to Stormont to take part in talks with Mrs May.

Mr Jones said he did not agree with the way Brexit has been handled by the UK Government.

"I don't agree with Theresa May," Mr Jones said.

"I think leaving the customs union has no sense at all, there are plenty of countries that are outside of the EU, but still in the customs union."

Mr Jones said Welsh ports were dependent on trade from Irish ports.

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