Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach insists he will not allow hard border between Republic and Northern Ireland

Niall O’Connor in London

Published 26/07/2016 | 18:02

Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny speak to the media inside 10 Downing Street, London, following the latest meetings on how Brexit will unfold. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny speak to the media inside 10 Downing Street, London, following the latest meetings on how Brexit will unfold. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Taoiseach has moved to allay fears of a return of a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

  • Go To

Speaking following a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr Kenny insisted that he would not allow a scenario involving the re-erection of “customs posts every mile along the road”.

He added that he invited Ms May to visit Ireland during their meeting at Number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, which lasted just over one hour.

“I do not favour, I would not agree to a hard border with a whole range of customs posts and neither does the Prime Minister,” Mr Kenny said.

“What it means there will be no hard border from Dundalk to Derry in the context if it being a European border. And by that I mean customs posts every mile along the road.

"There are other ways of dealing with modern technology in terms of checking trade,” he added.

In her statement, Ms May spoke about strengthening the “external borders” of the Common Travel Area [CTA], which is made up of Ireland and the British Isles.

“And alongside this, we should continue our efforts to strengthen the external borders of the common travel area, for example through a common approach to the use of passenger data,” Ms May said.

This would suggest that it could become more difficult for people outside of the UK and Ireland to travel to the Common Travel Area, if new agreements were reached surrounding tougher borders around the CTA.

Online Editors

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Business