Friday 21 October 2016

Minister warns of Brexit border impact

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan

Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan has warned that there is no certainty a 'Brexit' wouldn't impact on the border with the North, casting doubt on remarks by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers that it is likely to remain unchanged.

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Ms Villers, who is campaigning for the United Kingdom to leave the EU, has insisted that the border can "be as free flowing after a Brexit vote as it is today".

She pointed out that the common travel area pre-dates Britain and Ireland's EU membership.

However, Mr Flangan has told the Dáil that in the event of a 'Brexit' the future of the border would not solely be decided by the governments in Dublin and London.

"Therefore, nobody can say with certainty that nothing will change with the border if the UK votes to leave the EU," he said.

He said that as things stand, the border is "practically invisible" but that if Britain leaves the EU the current arrangements will depend heavily on the terms and conditions of a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Mr Flanagan made the remarks as the Dáil debated the upcoming 'Brexit' referendum.

Irish Independent

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