Brexit Secretary David Davis admitted today during parliamentary questions that the last time he went to visit the Northern Ireland border was around the time of the Good Friday Agreement, nearly 20 years ago. He also conceded that a report entitled ‘Smart Border 2.0’, often cited by Brexiters as a solution for the problems created by Brexit at the Northern Ireland border, doesn’t meet the Government’s requirements as it would involve new physical infrastructure.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“David Davis has been scrambling all around continental Europe trying to bluster his way through Brexit, but he admitted today he hasn’t even bothered visiting the Northern Ireland border since around the time of the Good Friday Agreement, which was signed 20 years ago next month.
“It is his Government’s reckless course on Brexit that could lead to the re-imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland, potentially setting back the peace process, but David Davis can’t even bring himself to see with his own two eyes the realities of the situation on the ground.
“And with his admission today that a proposed ‘smart border’ wouldn’t work because it would need physical infrastructure, David Davis should concede that the only way to keep the border as open as it is today is for the whole of the UK to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.”
Notes to editors:
The relevant exchanges with David Davis can be read here, in response to questions from Karin Smyth MP and Pat McFadden MP.