McGinn – Government must not use Northern Ireland border as a test case

The UK Government is trying to use the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as a “test case”, European Commission Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said in a press conference in Brussels today.

Commenting, Conor McGinn MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It is critical that the Government does not play politics with an issue as important as the Irish border. We need a solution that reflects the border's unique geography and history. It is crucial that the Northern Ireland border is not used by the Government as a test case for future UK-EU customs relationship.

“Any hardening of the border would be disastrous, putting both the economy and political stability at risk.

“The only way to retain a frictionless border on the island of Ireland, for goods and for people, is for the UK remain a member of the Single Market and the Customs Union.”

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Notes to editors:

Michel Barnier’s comments are reported here: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-barnier/eus-barnier-worried-by-britains-position-on-irish-border-idUKKCN1BI1FJ