Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Government wants no physical changes to Irish border arrangements

No border posts or physical monitoring should be installed at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Government said as it unveiled plans for one of the most contentious Brexit issues.

The Whitehall paper has effectively recommended no changes to the current arrangements.

The position paper also said that the Government is committed to maintaining the border-free Common Travel Area covering the UK and the Republic of Ireland. That means free movement across the border for British, Irish and EU citizens.

The British government said it wanted a seamless and frictionless frontier without "physical border infrastructure and border posts".

"We don't want to see a border between parts of the United Kingdom," Prime Minister Theresa May said.

"What we want to see is an arrangement in relation to customs and borders with the European Union which will enable us to see no return to the hard borders of the past in Northern Ireland, to enable that flow of goods and people between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

"That's not just in the interests of Northern Ireland and the UK, it's in the interests of the Republic of Ireland and the European Union too. "

SKY      News.

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