Irish PM rejects post-Brexit border pre-registration

Henrietta Strickland
March 14, 2018

It was claimed that anyone without movement clearance would be restricted to crossing the border at specific points and that they could be accused of entering the United Kingdom irregularly if they crossed at non-designated entry points.

CCTV and cameras to track vehicle number plates would be needed at some crossing points - despite the Prime Minister's promise that the border will continue to have no "physical infrastructure".

"I think it would be a good idea".

The Independent's story was raised with Mr Varadkar when he addressed an audience in Texas, part of a trip to the United States to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

He said: "It is not a solution that we envisage".

The future of the Irish border post-Brexit was always going to be a central plank of negotiations but it has only really become the dominant sticking point since late past year.

"As is always the case, and this is true for any politicians or anyone in any walk of life, you can read as many briefing documents as you like, sometimes you need to see things with your own eyes".

But according to information secured by the Open Britain campaign, David Davis has made just one visit to the border since becoming Brexit Secretary, but not since September 2016, while Boris Johnson has not made the journey since becoming Foreign Secretary in July 2016.

Mr Varadkar said when he visited the US-Canada border he saw "a hard border...with customs posts, people in uniforms with arms and dogs".

Speaking from the U.S., the Irish Prime Minister did not accept ideas from the new research paper on smart border technology commissioned by the European Parliament.

The commitment was seen as a major win for the Irish government which had placed avoiding a hard border as its major priority.

"Tariff and quota-free trade in goods is the minimum requirement for German companies, ideally within the framework of a customs union", Lang emphasized.

The British government wants to leave the customs union and has rejected a so-called "backstop" option put forward by the EU which would see Northern Ireland remain in the customs union if a comprehensive deal can't be agreed with the UK.

"Smart border technology is primarily a means of enhancing efficiency".

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