Monday 23 October 2017

Communities not reassured by Border pledge

Declan Fearon,(centre) with John Sheridan, (left) and Bernard Boyle, representatives from the group, Border Communities Against Brexit. Photo: Tom Burke
Declan Fearon,(centre) with John Sheridan, (left) and Bernard Boyle, representatives from the group, Border Communities Against Brexit. Photo: Tom Burke
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Border communities are not reassured by a statement by the Irish and British governments that there won't be a return to a hard border after Brexit. Declan Fearon, of Border Communities Against Brexit, told an Oireachtas committee both governments have publicly said they didn't want the reintroduction of border controls, customs posts and the closure of roads.

However, he warned: "This may not be up to them alone to determine" - an apparent reference to the other European countries that will be involved in Brexit talks. Last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said "there will be no return to a hard border as existed" following a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Separately, Mr Fearon also told the committee of fears the Border would become like the EU frontier in Eastern Europe.

"Every other external border of the EU has physical and economic controls. Why should we believe that the Border dividing Ireland would be any different?" he said.

Irish Independent

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