The Irish government and the EU have said they will not discuss no-deal Brexit preparations with the UK including how the two countries can avoid a return to a hard border until the UK has already left the bloc.
This news comes as an executive director and macro strategist at First Abu Dhabi Bank has said there will be a no-deal Brexit but it will be caused by the EU due to their refusal to discuss renegotiations of the UK’s departure deal.
Simon Ballard of First Abu Dhabi Bank has said “From the start I’ve said — and I’ve been very consistent — that a no-deal Brexit is the only way this is going to conclude,” and this nightmare scenario will be caused by the intransigence of the EU according to Ballard.
While the Irish government frets about the possibility of return to a hard border, the British government has been consistent in their stance that this will not happen and Prime Minister Johnson confirmed the common travel area between Ireland and Britain will remain post-Brexit.
However, as EU officials have confirmed, should the UK leave the EU without a trade deal aka on WTO terms, the border will be a frontier of the EU.
Therefore, the British government will be under no obligation to enforce a border, rather only the Republic of Ireland, as a member of the EU will be obliged to enforce a hard border between the Republic and the North as it will become a frontier of the EU.
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