Hard border avoided following crunch talks

Hard border avoided following crunch talks
Brexit Breakthrough. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD speaking to the media on the latest at a press conference in Government Buildings. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

THERE will be no hard border in Ireland as a result of Brexit, the European Commission confirmed this morning.

A breakthrough emerged overnight in the ongoing talks between the UK government and the European Commission, putting an end to the fears that a hard border was inevitable as a result of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Ireland will now support Brexit negotiations moving to phase two, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.

"This is one of those mornings where everyone in the country can breathe a sigh of relief," he said.

"There is no scenario now in the context of Brexit that will result in a hard border."

Speaking on Morning Ireland, the Cork South-Central TD said that the deal includes 'cast iron guarantees' about the future of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including the retention of the free travel area.

"I don't think there is a scenario now that would result in a hard border and border checks re-emerging on the island of Ireland and we can say that quite categorically," Mr Coveney said.

"This deal goes beyond preventing a border. We are protecting peacefunding into the future. We are maintaining the common travel area, that is very clear in this text, whereby Irish and British people can move around within each other's countries and study, access social welfare, healthcare and so on."

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