United Kingdom wants to avoid 'hard border' in Ireland

Iain Dale Struggles To Get To The Bottom Of Labour’s Brexit Stance

People and goods now move freely across the Irish border but there are concerns that, as Britain's only land frontier with the European Union, this can not be sustained after Brexit in March 2019.

In a government document paper published on Wednesday, the British government said it wanted a seamless and "frictionless" frontier between Ireland and Northern Ireland without either a physical border or border checks.

The British government said it would push to avoid any physical border infrastructure and border posts between Ireland and Northern Ireland for any goal following Brexit.

Britain also wants to maintain the Commons Travel Area between Britain and Ireland, which pre-dates the European Union, and protect the rights of British and Irish citizens contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

The Withdrawal Agreement should also recognise the ongoing status of the CTA and associated rights, a position that is entirely consistent with the EU's negotiating directives. The partnership would see Britain impose the exact same requirements as the European Union on goods from outside the bloc destined for member states.

The Northern Ireland proposals came in a series of papers covering aspects of Brexit negotiations, which are due to resume in Brussels at the end of this month.

Referring to the paper on future customs arrangements published on Tuesday, Mr Coveney said he welcomed language he had not heard before about a customs union partnership.




The Confederation of British Industry also said that "the clock is ticking" and that it was counting on the government to give "companies the confidence to continue investing as quickly as possible".

The IFA called for a balanced Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom with no tariffs on agricultural products and food; equal standards on food safety, animal health, welfare and the environment; and a Common External Tariff for agricultural and food imports to both the European Union and UK.

A position paper released today details the proposals and stresses that a physical border should be avoided and that there should be no physical infrastructure such as customs posts after Brexit.

The Government has warned UK Prime Minister Theresa May it will stubbornly defend Ireland's interests in relation to Brexit negotiations.

The EU said the two sides must first make progress on the rights of expatriates, Britain's border with EU member Ireland and a financial settlement, the lack of progress on which Mr Davis said had made the EU's chief negotiator "quite cross".

De Gucht told the BBC the EU would not concede the advantages of a "temporary benefits union" if that meant "keeping Britain warm" for preferential agreements with non-EU countries in future years.

The CBI, which represents 190,000 businesses, said it was encouraged by the government's proposals.

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