‘We can’t go back to days of hard bor­der’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

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

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