Monday 23 July 2018

Ambassador's no to hard border

Ambassador Dan Mulhall. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Ambassador Dan Mulhall. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Dan Mulhall, Ireland's ambassador to the UK, has expressed his own personal "sadness" that the fallout from Brexit is threatening to undo the improving relations between Ireland and the UK since the peace was agreed 20 years ago, the 'Guardian' reported yesterday.

In addition Mr Mulhall said that the idea of border checks between the Republic and the North was a "non-starter".

He said that it was Ireland's "hope" that the UK would continue to be a part of the European customs union.

The remarks come as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he had "nobody to call" in a position of authority in the North because of the lack of an executive. Mr Varadkar is due to have talks with the DUP in Belfast this Friday.

Mr Mulhall said that while Irish-British relations had been ignored during the Brexit referendum, focus now needed to be placed on them due to the risk to peace and trading relations between the two nations.

"It's not acceptable to have a border on the island of Ireland because it would be economically disruptive and politically risky," he said.

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