COVENEY FEARS FOR PEACE

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

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’.

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