Bru­ton: No deal on Brexit would be dev­as­tat­ing..

Peace process, jobs and trade will all suf­fer

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY PAT FLANA­GAN news@irish­mir­ror.ie

A “NO DEAL” Brexit would be “dev­as­tat­ing” for the peace process here and in the North, John Bru­ton has claimed.

The for­mer Taoiseach said Bri­tain leav­ing the EU with­out a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment would in­evitably re­sult in bar­ri­ers be­ing erected on the border. The Bri­tish Govern­ment re­leased fresh pol­icy pa­pers on Mon­day which out­lined how the UK would han­dle cus­toms and trade ar­range­ments if it failed to reach a deal with Brus­sels. Bri­tain is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the soft border with Ire­land. How­ever, the is­sue is prov­ing dif­fi­cult to solve given their com­mit­ment to end­ing free move­ment of EU ci­ti­zens by leav­ing the sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union. Dis­cussing a no-deal Brexit, Mr Bru­ton told Sky News: “The ef­fects in Ire­land would be dev­as­tat­ing for the peace process. “I spent a lot of my life build­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion that en­abled a peace process in North­ern Ire­land to be put in place. That’s go­ing to be ut­terly dis­rupted by the bar­ri­ers that will have to be im­posed along the border if Bri­tain leaves the Euro­pean Union with­out a sat­is­fac­tory deal.” He urged the UK to change its ap­proach and ask for a six-year ne­go­ti­at­ing pe­riod, rather than abid­ing by the two-year Ar­ti­cle 50 process which ends in March 2019. Mr Bru­ton also warned of “enor­mous” job losses if a trade agree­ment is not reached. He said: “Most of the ched­dar that you eat in Bri­tain is pro­duced in Ire­land. “If that had to bear a very heavy tar­iff, or if many of the food in­dus­try ex­ports from Bri­tain to Ire­land had to bear a very heavy tar­iff, the dis­rup­tion would be enor­mous, the de­lays would be enor­mous, the loss of jobs would be enor­mous. “All of this could per­haps be avoided if we just took a lit­tle bit more time to do the deal in a ra­tio­nal way rather than in ac­cor­dance with an un­duly tight timetable which was put in place on the as­sump­tion Brexit would not ac­tu­ally hap­pen.”

This could be avoided if we took a bit more time to do the deal JOHN bru­ton Sky NEWS YES­TER­DAY

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