Solutions needed for border dilemma: Irish PM
Brexit is the challenge of a generation, and “unique solutions” will be needed to prevent it doing major damage, Ireland’s prime minister said Friday.
Leo Varadkar said a so-called “hard Brexit,” in which Britain leaves the EU single market and customs union, would mean “barriers to commerce and trade” between EU member Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K.
Britain voted last year to quit the 28-nation bloc and is due to formally leave the EU in March 2019. The decision has huge implications for Ireland, the only EU country to share a land border with the U.K. At present the border is all but invisible, with goods and people moving freely back and forth.
Speaking in Belfast, Varadkar said there will have to be “unique solutions if we are to preserve all that we’ve gained” since the Northern Ireland peace process was cemented two decades ago and border barriers were dismantled.