Wednesday 7 December 2016

Taoiseach must clarify statement on border in event of Brexit

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

I was interested to read in your paper (January 7) Taoiseach Enda Kenny's claims that border controls would be introduced between the UK and the Republic of Ireland if the UK votes to leave the EU.

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The freedom of movement across Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands pre-dates not only the EU in all its forms but also the second and first world wars, and the invention of passports and the internal combustion engine.

It was formally codified in a memorandum of understanding regarding a Common Travel Area between the two governments in 2011, and is completely independent of either country's ongoing membership of the EU.

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