Tanaiste says technology will not solve Brexit border issue

Tanaiste says technology will not solve Brexit border issue

Addressing the Seanad this morning, the former Fine Gael TD said Britain is stuck in a "self-imposed contradiction" on Brexit and it is trying to invent "a new type of border" that is unworkable.

David Davis, U.K. exiting the European Union (EU) secretary, speaks during a news conference following Brexit talks in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, March 19, 2018.

He also cast doubt on the proposal for an exemption for small traders crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"We've put forward proposals that will deliver a frictionless border and enable us to do trade deals around the rest of the world", Mrs May told reporters.

The motion was passed, but the vote is unbinding which means the government's aim of leaving the customs union is not affected.

The Irish Government will insist that the United Kingdom government provides an agreeable legal interpretation of the backstop arrangement politically agreed by the United Kingdom and European Union last December.

With solutions on the border not forthcoming from the British side, and the June deadline looming large, fears over a disorderly Brexit have heightened over the last two weeks.

Mr Coveney also met representatives of loyalist bands as well as Derry's Cultúrlann culture centre and toured the Museum of Free Derry during yesterday's visit.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has been criticised for what has been described as a "flying visit to the Irish border".

The revelation comes as Theresa May faces renewed pressure from her own Cabinet to ensure Britain is not forced into the customs union and months after she threw out a potential border down the Irish Sea.

He said: "Part of the problem is that there are some in the European Union and in the Irish Republic who want to make out that we have to stay in the customs union and will not examine other alternatives".

Opposition politicians claimed the government was sending out mixed messages after Mr Varadakar said he would rather have the "right deal" at an October summit over "any deal" in June.

Brexit sources say nothing of any positive outcome has been forthcoming so far from the British side on the solution to preventing a physical border. "Always happy to discuss".

The EU, he said, helped forge peace in Ireland in the 1990s and has "consistently recognized the unique situation in which the country has been placed" by the Brexit vote.



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