Hain – UK Government must find solution to Irish border issue

The British Government must find a solution to prevent Brexit from creating a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, said today. 

Commenting, Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The responsibility for finding a solution to the Irish border issue lies with the UK Government, and over a year after the referendum we are yet to hear any realistic and concrete proposals from them. David Davis has already dismissed his most recent proposal as little more than ‘blue sky thinking’.

“Brexit must not lead to the re-imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland. That is non-negotiable. A hard border would damage the economy by restricting trade, and harm the lives of thousands of people who cross it every day. And in doing so it would damage the peace process at a time when power-sharing has never looked so fragile. 

“We need real solutions from the Government to ensure this nightmare scenario does not happen. Theresa May urgently needs to provide answers soon.” 

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Notes to editors:

Guy Verhofstadt’s remarks are reported here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-41320740