Sunday 28 May 2017

Richard Curran: Brexit Border call by UK House of Lords a sign of sea change in Anglo-Irish relations

First Minister Arlene Foster has refused to say whether she would push for any kind of special status for Northern Ireland following Brexit. Photo: PA
First Minister Arlene Foster has refused to say whether she would push for any kind of special status for Northern Ireland following Brexit. Photo: PA
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

It shows you how far Anglo-Irish relations have improved when the House of Lords in the UK publishes a report showing more concern than most for the implications that Brexit will have on the island of Ireland.

The House of Lords' EU Committee report also makes one of the most sensible recommendations about how to proceed to protect the interests of both sides of the Border. It suggests that a separate bilateral agreement should be negotiated between Ireland and the UK that safeguards the freedom of movement of people and goods on the island.

It would ensure there is no hard Border, something to which the British government has not been able to commit.

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