Ireland Checks at Irish border ‘unavoidable’ after Brexit, warns Barnier

18:11  09 february  2018
18:11  09 february  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (Nick Ansell/PA) © Provided by The Press Association EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (Nick Ansell/PA)

Checks at the Irish border will be “unavoidable” under Theresa May’s Brexit plans for the UK to leave the single market and customs union, Michel Barnier has warned.

Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator also told reporters that agreement on a transitional deal after the UK leaves the bloc in March 2019 was “not a given”.

After the latest round of Brexit talks between officials in Brussels, he said three “substantial” disagreements remain with the UK over plans for a transition period.

He added: “If these disagreements persist the transition is not a given.”

On the issue of the Irish border he told reporters: “Any solution must be precise, clear and unambiguous.”

He added: “It is important to tell the truth. A UK decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable.”

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The Foreign Secretary did not refer to Ireland during his remarks, angering an Irish politician.Fianna Fail TD Stephen Donnelly slammed the Foreign Secretary for speaking about stag parties and the eye-popping activities of those living abroad but did not address the pressing issue of the border in his “road to Brexit” speech in London last week.

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