Hain – Varadkar’s comments show hard Brexit is causing difficulties for Northern Ireland

Not enough progress has been made on Northern Ireland issues in the Brexit negotiations, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today in his visit to Downing Street.

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

“Months on from the triggering of Article 50, it is obvious that the Government has achieved nothing whatsoever in solving the problems Brexit poses for the island of Ireland.

“It is an indictment of the Government’s Brexit strategy that with the clock ticking and just a year to go until the negotiations are supposed to be completed, the Taoiseach is clear that not enough progress has been made. 

“Theresa May’s hard Brexit policies will create serious difficulties for Northern Ireland, sabotaging the Good Friday Agreement, putting jobs at risk by restricting cross-border trade and complicating the rights of Northern Irish citizens who travel to the Republic for work and to visit relatives. 

“I see no alternative to Northern Ireland staying in the same Single Market and Customs Union as the Republic.

“With the fourth round of Brexit negotiations beginning today, it is vital that real progress is made on Northern Ireland.”

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