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British Prime Minister says she will ensure there is no hard border with the North post-Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will ensure there is no hard border with the North post-Brexit.
In what will be welcome news for people of this area, Ms May ruled out a hard border.
She was responding to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Parliament, who asked the Government to clarify the government’s position on the matter.
“We will ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland. We will do that while we respect the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom and while we respect the internal market and protect the internal market of the United Kingdom.”
She then responded to shouts of ‘how?’ from the opposition
“Those Labour members who shout ‘how?’ that’s the whole point of the second phase of the negotiations because we will deliver this. We aim to deliver this as part of our overall trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union and we can only talk about that when we get into phase two.
“We have a plan he has none.”
May later added: “The only hard border around is right down the middle of the Labour Party.”
Watch the exchange below…
RT SkyNews “Jeremy Corbyn asks Theresa May to clarify the government’s position on the post-Brexit Irish border
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Earlier local Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú said a hard border would be like rebuilding the Berlin Wall.
He called on called on DUP voters, Unionist farmers and businesses to challenge and confront the DUP on their Brexit stance following the debacle on Monday which seen the Brexit negotiations deteriorate into what he described as a “farce”.
Cllr Ó Murchú said “The DUP are being reckless in their quest to copper fasten their Britishness. The north should not be removed from the Customs Union and the Single Market. It is hard to see a solution which works for the people of the border region and across Ireland other than the North remaining within the EU. Sinn Féin has consistently sought a Designated Special Status for the north within the European Union and this makes the most sense economically.”
The Louth Councillor went on to say: “People will not accept the return of border installations to this part of Ireland. There can be no removal of the rights and protections contained within the Good Friday Agreement. Trade, healthcare and communities would be greatly impacted by a return of border checks and stops. Economic devastation to Co. Louth is the only guarantee of a Hard Border Brexit. A Hard Border Brexit would be as absurd as the Germans rebuilding the Berlin Wall.”
Cllr Ó Murchú called on the Irish government to remain firm on the issue of the border and is encouraging all those who live in Co Louth and beyond to attend a ‘go-slow’ protest at the border at Carrickarnon (just past the Carrickdale) on Saturday morning at 11am.
There will be a mock customs post erected and people can see for themselves the effects of a hard border. Everyone is welcome.