‘We can’t go back to days of hard border’
Northern Ireland cannot go back to the days of border posts, the chairman of the House of Commons Brexit committee has insisted.
Hilary Benn said a solution must be found to safeguard the peace process.
“We have got a matter of days to find a way forward on this border question to enable us to move onto phase two of the talks,” he said.
The Brexit committee travelled to the village of Middletown on the Irish border yesterday. It is one of 275 land crossings.
Mr Benn said: “You just stand here, you see the traffic, the goods moving backwards and forth, you talk to the people who have lived here, who have lived through the Troubles, this is progress, this busy road is progress.”
Earlier the committee heard from senior officers who warned that border infrastructures would be an obvious area of attack by dissident republican terrorists.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Hillary Benn, right, and MP Pat McFadden visiting Middletown on the Irish border for themselves yesterday