Plans for customs checks on island of Ireland under new UK Proposals

first_imgBoris Johnson’s letter to the EU including his plans for the Irish Backstop has been released this afternoon (Weds).The British prime minister finally tabled his alternative proposals to the backstop this evening, including a plan for checks both on the island of Ireland and in the Irish Sea.The EU and Irish government will seek time to study the document but ultimately there is little hope that it will break the impasse. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has endorsed Boris Johnson’s offer to the EU.Speaking before seeing the proposals, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said what is being put forward “is not promising and does not appear to form the basis of an agreement”.He said he wanted to see the plans in writing before coming to a “definitive conclusion”.The Taoiseach will discuss the situation with Mr Johnson by telephone later.“Nobody in Northern Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south, nobody in the Republic of Ireland wants checks on the border between north and south. So why would any British government want to force that on Irish people north and south who don’t want them?” Advertisement Ireland has always maintained that anything short of an invisible border would under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and peace on this island.Plans for customs checks on island of Ireland under new UK Proposals was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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