Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Theresa May: Brexit plan will ensure no hard Irish border

Theresa May: Brexit plan will ensure no hard Irish border

The UK has a "duty" to ensure that its borders with neighbouring countries function smoothly, she said, adding that this was "a particular challenge" in Northern Ireland.

The EU's other 27 states will have a chance to examine and respond to the white paper when its General Council of ministers meets in Brussels on Friday morning.

Ms Leadsom added: It needs to be quite clear to the European Union, "you've got to come to the table and start negotiating with serious focus and concentration and goodwill because otherwise, we will be leaving with no deal".

The European Union plans to negotiate Britain's withdrawal on the basis of the British government's white paper on Brexit and will not focus on amendments passed by parliament, Ireland's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the UK's new Brexit secretary Dominic Raab had his first meeting with the EU's chief negotiator in Brussels.

Mr Barnier told reporters yesterday that it was "a matter of urgency to agree a legally operative backstop", saying: "We need an all-weather insurance policy".

On Friday she will deliver a speech in Belfast focusing on how her vision of Brexit, outlined in last week's government white paper, will impact Northern Ireland and the border.

Since everyone has agreed the "backstop" that they will not impose border checks, even if there is no deal, what are.

"And as they made clear this week, it is not something the House of Commons will accept either".

During her visit to Belfast however Theresa May will reiterate that a hard border is not acceptable.

Mrs May will meet the region's political parties on the two-day trip.

Her speech comes at the end of another tense week for May after months of Brexit crisis that included ministerial resignations and close votes, and is ahead of the summer recess next week.

May's government published a white paper last week with long-awaited proposals for Britain's relations with the European Union after it leaves the bloc, seeking to keep it in a free market for goods with the European Union while having a more distant relationship for services.

"It is not for the Irish government to comment on the internal politics and legislative processes of the United Kingdom... what matters is that the British government is able to engage in serious negotiations with the commission".

The prime minister met the DUP leader Arlene Foster in Fermanagh on Thursday evening, as well as the deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Nichola Mallon.

"This situation is intolerable and unacceptable".

Campaigners from victims and survivor groups of the Troubles, Irish language activists and Sinn Fein politicians held banners and placards.

"That ranges from an Irish Language Act, legacy issues, women's reproductive health, marriage equality - they're all represented here".

"Theresa May needs to realise that we will not be collateral damage her for own reckless Tory agenda".

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