Thursday 23 March 2017

High-tech hard border no better than checkpoints

Editorial

Editorial

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Reuters

Ireland's three key aims in the upcoming UK-EU divorce proceedings must be pursued by the Government like no other foreign policy goal in this State's history. It will be a long, uphill battle and our negotiators must be obdurate and single-minded.

The first aim can be summarised as maintaining our huge level of trade with Britain -which sees €1.2bn worth of business pass between the two islands each week - by helping to ensure our biggest trading partner keeps access to the EU single market.

That will be hard to do because any such deal must be negotiated with the remaining 27 EU states. And the big obstacle is Britain's insistence on curbing immigration from other EU states, which is seen as a core value for the other member states.

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