Hain – Tusk comments show Government can no longer duck question of Northern Ireland border

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, today warned that the UK Government’s lack of progress on providing workable solutions to the issue of the Northern Ireland border risked torpedoing the wider Brexit negotiations.   

President Tusk told the European Parliament that “the UK's decision on Brexit has caused the problem [with the Northern Ireland border], and the UK will have to help solve it. Without a solution, there will be no withdrawal agreement and no transition.”


Commenting, Lord Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and a supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“The Government can no longer continue to duck the question of the Northern Ireland border. As Donald Tusk has made clear, lack of progress on this vital issue now threatens to blow apart the Brexit negotiations.

“The contradiction between not wanting a hard border and being outside of the Single Market and Customs Union has in no way been resolved. And more than a year since negotiations started, the Government has offered no credible solutions.

“Ministers know they cannot deliver the Brexit that was promised, and that every Brexit outcome will leave us worse off, but they are refusing to be straight with people.”