McGovern – UK must stay in Single Market and Customs Union to keep Irish border open

Commenting on the speech given in Belfast today by Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The closeness and importance of Britain’s relationship with Ireland is such that when their Prime Minister says he wants us to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union, UK ministers should sit up and take notice.

“The Government has pledged to retain an open border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. But if it is to be free for trade as well as people, and if businesses and citizens are to avoid disruption, the UK must remain a member of the Single Market and the Customs Union. 

“Ministers must not allow Brexit to damage Northern Ireland or the relationship between Ireland and the UK in any way.”