Umunna – Government has failed to provide any workable, realistic solutions to complex problem of Northern Ireland border

The EU has today published a draft legal text (Wednesday) setting out what it believes are the legal commitments required to uphold the agreement reached in the first phase of Brexit negotiations, the terms of which were confirmed in December last year. This includes proposals for Northern Ireland to effectively remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union as a backstop if no other solutions are established, in order to avoid a return to a hard border.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Brexit negotiations have reached crisis point because the Government has failed to provide any workable, realistic solutions to the complex problem of the border in Northern Ireland.

“Brexiters like Boris Johnson have gone from claiming during the referendum that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic wouldn’t change if we voted to leave the EU, to then claiming that unidentified ‘technological’ solutions exist which they are alone in thinking will solve the problem. Now we find out that Boris Johnson doesn’t really care that much if a hard border re-emerges, as long as he gets his vision of a hard, destructive Brexit.

“Nobody voted in the referendum to undermine the Good Friday Agreement. If that looks like being the cost of Brexit, everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether it’s the right path for the country.”