So­lu­tions are needed for bor­der dilemma: Ir­ish PM

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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 so­called “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.

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