COVENEY FEARS FOR PEACE
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has warned that any border controls, even invisible electronic ones, would be a threat to the peace process.
However, he faces an uphill battle as Britain prepares to leave the customs union and the single market.
He said: ‘We do not want to pretend we can solve the problems of the border on the island of Ireland through technical solutions like cameras and pre-registration and so on. That is not going to work.
‘Any barrier or border, in my view, risks undermining a very hard-won peace process and all of the parties in Northern Ireland, whether they are unionist or nationalist, recognise we what to keep the free movement of people and goods and services and livelihoods.’
Brexit talks in Brussels will deal with specific Irish issues today. However, Irish impatience with the various signals coming out of London in particular was evident yesterday as Agriculture Minister Michael Creed branded the British approach ‘incoherent’.