PM: No Hard Border In Northern Ireland – Brussels lukewarm on idea

PM: No Hard Border In Northern Ireland
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PM: No Hard Border In Northern Ireland.  Theresa May’s Brexit proposal is that it will be seamless between the two nations

On a visit to Belfast on Friday, Theresa May said the “seamless border” between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic was “a foundation stone on which the Belfast [Good Friday] Agreement rests”.  The concept of a hard border was now “almost inconceivable”.

But she reiterated her opposition to the EU’s “backstop” proposal.  That would see Northern Ireland effectively staying in the single market for goods and the customs union.  This was “something I will never accept and I believe no British prime minister could ever accept”.

And she dismissed suggestions made by former foreign secretary Boris Johnson that technology could be used to avoid the need for a hard border.  “No technology solution to address these issues has been designed yet or implemented anywhere in the world.  Let alone in such a unique and highly sensitive context as the Northern Ireland border.”

It was one of the most important speeches to make on the issue of Brexit.  But will it convince the EU they must listen to the PM?  They are not offering any real answers.  Ireland’s Foreign Secretary said there had been a lukewarm response in Brussels.  Simon Coveney added: We have bits and pieces of ideas.

Will the two sides ever agree?  Can Mrs May be broken in her determination for a no hard border?  Let us know what you think. Should the PM compromise or should she stand by her proposals?

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