Wednesday 17 July 2019

LISTEN: Shane Ross and Simon Coveney have private conversation about border checks, without knowing the microphone is still on

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Shane Ross were talking privately at the end of press briefing without realising that the microphone was still on.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Shane Ross were talking privately at the end of press briefing without realising the microphone was still on:

Shane Ross: “Yeah. The border one, should I not have said that?” (This is a reference to a question Mr Ross was asked about whether a truck travelling from Scotland by boat to Larne could then proceed to the Republic without any checks. During the press briefing, he replied: “I would anticipate that there would be checks.”)

Simon Coveney: “Yes, but we can’t get into where they’ll be at this stage. They could be in the sea, they could be... But once you start talking about checks anywhere near the border, people will start delving into that and all of a sudden we’ll be the government that reintroduced a physical border on the island of Ireland.”

Shane Ross: “Yeah, but I didn’t know what to say.”

READ MORE: Border checks on trade to follow no-deal Brexit - Coveney

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