Doughty – Government cannot deliver their Brexit border promises

The House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee have published a report today (Friday) in which they conclude there is no technical solution available to create an “invisible” border.

The Committee state: The UK Government has repeatedly underlined that the free movement of people across the border will not be affected, and that no physical infrastructure will be put in place. However, the Committee was unable to identify any border solution currently in operation across the globe that would enable physical infrastructure to be avoided when rules and tariffs diverge.


Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s conclusion that there is no technical solution that delivers an invisible border on the island of Ireland ought to mark the end of ministerial flights of fancy.

“The only way to avoid a visible border on the island of Ireland, and to also avoid an economic border across the Irish Sea, is for the whole of the UK to stay in the Customs Union and Single Market.

“It is the decision of the British Government to rule out that option that is causing so much worry and uncertainty, because by doing so they have made their promises of no infrastructure on the border impossible to fulfil.

“If we want to protect the Good Friday Agreement we must keep an open mind on whether Brexit is the right choice for the UK.”