The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Irish Government will not implement a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but it will also not support one that benefits Brexiteers.
Mr Varadkar, who was speaking about the issue earlier today, said the possibility of a hard border between the two countries can’t not be consider by either the Irish or British Government as it would cause great damage to the peace process in the North.
However the Taoiseach also said that his Government would not support a system that would only benefit Brexiteers and not the people of Northern Ireland either.
Mr Varadkar’s comments come after the British and Irish Government along with the EU did used a number of scenarios’ that would see a soft border remain in place on the only land border between the UK and the EU.
Although proposals by both government’s were brought forward in recent week it seems both Leo Varadkar and Theresa May are at odds on what would be the best solution that effects both countries.
The Irish government say the will not support a border that will see electronic tags placed on customs vehicles and vehicles traveling between north and south of the border as they believe it will harm free movement between both countries.
Meanwhile the British government have dismissed the Irish government’s proposal of sea border saying it is not feasible given the stretch of water that would have to be monitored.
Speaking about the issue which is becoming more problematic, according to RTE, Mr Varadkar said: “The British Government can move forward with their proposals as to how they think a border should operate, but we’ll ask them if they really think this is such a good idea”
“if they go down that route it will seriously harm not only the peace process but our economies’ as well”
The Taoiseach also said he hoped there would not be an angry response from unionists to the Government’s position.
“It is the British and the Brexiteers who are leaving, so if anyone should be angry it’s us quite frankly.”
“But we are not going to get angry. We are going to try and find solutions or at least minimise the damage to relations between Britain and Ireland, to the peace process and to trading links.”