Andrew Bridgen: Neither the UK nor the Republic of Ireland are going to enforce a hard border in Ireland

9th October 2018

Following the Brexit Secretary’s statement on progress in the negotiations to leave the EU and on the Government’s planning for no deal, Andrew Bridgen makes it clear that neither the UK nor the Republic of Ireland will enforce a hard border on the island of Ireland. 

There has been much talk of the Irish border in relation to Brexit discussions—indeed, it has become a political football. Does my right hon. Friend agree that that is to ignore the political reality, which he has restated today in part, that the UK will never enforce a hard border on the island of Ireland, that the Republic of Ireland will never enforce a hard border on the island of Ireland and that neither the UK nor the Republic of Ireland are going to allow the EU to enforce a hard border on the island of Ireland?

My hon. Friend is absolutely right in his depiction of the UK position, and I think it is also an accurate reflection of the Republic of Ireland’s position. I cannot say what the EU would do in that scenario, but it is important that we continue to strive to forge a good deal on the terms that we have set out, which avoids the need for any of that to be even in question.

 

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