German business daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday, citing diplomatic sources in Brussels, that Germany, the Netherlands and other countries are ready to make further concessions on the "backstop" arrangement to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Dutch government denied this was the case.
"This report in no way reflects our position," a Dutch spokesman said.
German diplomatic sources also said that the 27 EU countries remaining in the block were firmly behind the conclusions of EU leaders in December, which say that the backstop is intended as an insurance policy designed never to be triggered. (Reporting by Tassilo Hummel in Berlin and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels; editing by Thomas Seythal)