NO-DEAL BREXIT = HARD BORDER SAYS EUROPEAN COMMISSION

24 January 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The prospects of a hard Border in the event of Britain exiting the European Union in a “no-deal Brexit” scenario loomed larger this week following comments made by the Chief Spokesman of the European Commission. Margaritis Schinas said it “was pretty obvious you will have a hard Border” in Ireland if the deal reached by the British Government and the European Union was not implemented.

The comments prompted Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Government Ministers to strongly re-affirm their stance that Ireland will not accept a hard Border on the island. “Regardless of Brexit, the British government will always have responsibilities as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement to ensure that, even in a no deal, there will not be a return to a border,” The Taoiseach stated. Deputy Varadkar said avoiding a hard Border would be more difficult to achieve without the withdrawal agreement and would require very…

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