Murray – Hard border in the Irish Sea no more acceptable than one on land

The Guardian are reporting that civil servants working for the Northern Ireland Executive have drawn up plans to create a “hard border” at the region’s ports and airports as opposed to the land frontier with the Republic of Ireland.

Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

Northern Ireland's civil servants have recognised that the UK government have not come up with a credible plan of avoiding a border on the island of Ireland and so are understandably looking at alternatives.

“But a hard border in the Irish Sea is no more compatible with the Good Friday Agreement than one on the land.

“We were promised that there would be no hard border because of Brexit and if that pledge is to be broken it is essential we have a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal so we can vote on what's really proposed and not on the fantasy promises we were sold.”

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Notes to editors

The Guardian’s report is here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/04/irish-border-backup-plan-suggests-checks-ports-airports-brexit