PRIME MINISTER REITERATES POST-BREXIT BORDER PLEDGE

On the 12 October 2016, I asked the Prime Minister Theresa May a question about post-Brexit border controls.

Alasdair McDonnell “The Prime Minister will be aware that the soft border between NortherDr-Alasdair-McDonnell[1]n Ireland and the Irish Republic was vital in boosting the economy of Northern Ireland. Does she understand the confusion that has set in, and that many of us feel? On the one hand, the Government define their intention tightly to control the free movement of people and labour, yet on the other they assure us that that border between Northern Ireland and the Republic will continue to be open. Does she see the contradiction for many of those directly affected, and whose jobs are affected?”

The Prime Minister “I have been clear, the Secretary of Stare for Northern Ireland has beetheresa-may-mpn clear, and the Taoiseach has also said that, on both sides of the border, we do not want to see a return to the borders of the past. It is worth reminding the House that the common travel area has been in place since the 1920s, so it was there well before we were both members of the European Union.

We are working with the Government of the Republic, and I have had discussions on this with the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. We want to ensure that we do not see a return to the borders of the past.”

You can check the media coverage of the PMQ at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37638019

 

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