Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

MPs say hard border with Republic of Ireland appears 'inevitable' after Brexit

MPs say hard border with Republic of Ireland appears 'inevitable' after Brexit

The report also criticized proposals for technological infrastructure to smoothen any border-checks as "untested" and 'vague.' The Chairman of the committee, prominent Labour Remain MP Hilary Benn shared its sentiments with the BBC on December 1.

May's government has said Britain will leave the EU's single market and customs union but wants the Irish border to remain open, a stance that EU officials say is contradictory.

In a press conference with Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar, Mr Tusk said that the UK's decision to leave the European Union had created "uncertainty for millions of people".

The border between EU-member Ireland and the British region of Northern Ireland will be the UK's only land frontier with the bloc after Brexit, and Dublin fears a hard border could disrupt 20 years of delicate peace in Northern Ireland. "It does not represent the positive view of Brexit that many people now take".

"We want the negotiations to move on to phase two so we can talk about our future trade relationship". The British Prime Minister is due to meet Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on Monday where she hopes to make an agreement on the three main issues in order to move onto trade talks.

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He said in talks with the United Kingdom ahead of the December 14 summit, the Irish Government wants to secure "an agreed wording whereby we can agree the parameters within which we can find a solution that prevents the re-emergence of the border on the island of Ireland and all the negative consequences that flow from that".

The question of regulatory divergence or convergence is central to the Brexit process.

The economy of Ireland, north and south, has become deeply integrated since the European Union single market's creation in 1993, and only road signs now mark the frontier.

"We are looking for significantly more clarity than we now have from the British negotiating team", Coveney told parliament in Dublin, adding that "constructive ambiguity" from Britain would not suffice.

"We have grown used to a border that is largely invisible", Coveney told reporters.

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But any attempt at a solution will have to convince Northern Ireland's pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 members of parliament are propping up May's government.

Britain's prime minister Theresa May is facing a potential revolt by DUP politicians propping up her Conservative minority government.

However, one of the DUP politicians that is supporting Mrs May's government via a confidence and supply agreement, said his party would not accept any deal which would see Northern Ireland treated differently to the UK.

He said: "The UK's future lies - in some ways - in Dublin".

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