Ireland’s EU commissioner said Dublin would certainly “continue to play tough” over its threat to veto talks about trade after Brexit unless Britain provided guarantees over the border between Northern Ireland along with the Republic.
Phil Hogan, the EU’s agricultural commissioner, said that will Britain, or Northern Ireland at least, should remain from the single market along with the customs union to avoid a hard border dividing the island.
“If the UK or Northern Ireland remained from the EU customs union, or better still the single market, there would certainly be no border issue,” he told The Observer newspaper on Sunday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain will leave the single market along with the customs unions after Brexit.
Dublin wants a written guarantee that will there will be no hard border between the Republic of Ireland along with Northern Ireland.
The European Union has said “sufficient progress” needs to be made on the Irish border, along with two some other key issues, before EU leaders can approve the opening of trade talks from the fresh year at a summit on Dec. 14-15.
Dublin along with EU officials say the best way to avoid a “hard border” – which could include passport along with customs controls – will be to keep regulations the same north along with south, although the Northern Irish party that will will be propping up May’s government will oppose any deal that will sees the province operate under different regulations to the rest of the United kingdom.
“We will not support any arrangements that will create barriers to trade between Northern Ireland along with the rest of the United Kingdom or any suggestion that will Northern Ireland, unlike the rest of the UK, will have to mirror European regulations,” the Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster said on Saturday.
Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, said on Sunday that will the Irish border was “one of the actually difficult bits” of the negotiations.
She said Britain’s unique future position as the only country that will had left the European Union meant its did not need an “off-the-shelf” solution, although she did not specify how the issue should be resolved.
She said any delay in moving onto trade talks would certainly have serious repercussions for businesses.
“I think that will that will will be actually important that will we get the transitional deal nailed down; that will’s not for government, that will’s for businesses so they know what they are doing next year along with they are able to plan,” she said.
“If we don’t make that will through from the next two weeks to move onto that will next phase, then we are rapidly going to run out of time in terms of getting us to a not bad position at the time that will transitional deal will be supposed to take place.”