Irish PM rejects idea of border pre-registration after Brexit

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

David Davis, Brexit secretary, has made one trip to Northern Ireland since the referendum in September 2016 while neither Johnson nor the Brexit negotiator Oliver Robbins has been to the border.

In a report by The Independent, this new proposal has been strongly criticised by the Irish government, who claim that it will break Theresa May's pledge of "physical infrastructure and associated checks" at the border once Brexit has occurred.

Last week Mr Varadkar rejected a suggestion by British Prime Minister Theresa May that the customs arrangement between the United States and Canada was among possible models for the future arrangement in Ireland.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it would be "helpful" for leading Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson to visit the Irish Border to see for themselves how it is now "invisible".

"They would certainly be very welcome to visit the border", Varadkar said at the South by South West festival in Austin, Texas.

The British government wants to leave the customs union and has rejected a so-called "backstop" option put forward by the EU which would see Northern Ireland remain in the customs union if a comprehensive deal can't be agreed with the UK.

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The Irish premier Leo Varadkar yesterday said: "You can read as many briefing documents as you like, sometimes you need to see things with your own eyes". "I think it would be a good idea, I can't see anything negative in a British cabinet minister viewing the border, seeing what it looks like". "And to see that it is invisible".

While Theresa May has previously promised that there would be no infrastructure set up on the border post-Brexit, this new strategy would involve the installation of CCTV cameras to track vehicle licence plate numbers.

"And they will become vandalised".

If border posts return to Northern Ireland they will be attacked, according to the Taoiseach. "Do you accept that or do you bring in guards to stop that?" "If Brexit is a threat to that, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it's the right path for the country".

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