Bruton: No deal on Brexit would be devastating..
Peace process, jobs and trade will all suffer
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
Ex Taoiseach John Bruton WARNING