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The UK wants no 'hard border' for N. Ireland

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 01:08

Britain wants no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit. But, as Lucy Fielder reports, it may not be that easy to convince the EU.

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There should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, according to a UK government proposal. About 30,000 people cross the border daily - it's currently invisible. The idea of returning to a so-called 'hard border' between the province and EU-member Ireland is sensitive - recalling the decades of violence known as the Troubles. Wednesday's British government paper envisages a border without physical infrastructure allowing the free flow of goods. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GLOBAL FINANCIAL ECONOMIST, COMMERZBANK, PETER DIXON, SAYING: "It's all very well for the for the UK to outline what it wants or what it would like to see. But it's another thing to actually implement this, when it's faced with a fairly formidable set of negotiators in the form of Michel Barnier and his team." Many businesses have complex supply chains that involve crossing the frontier multiple times. The Irish government welcoming the proposal as timely and helpful. And warning against anyone using Northern Ireland's peace process as a bargaining chip in Brexit talks.

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The UK wants no 'hard border' for N. Ireland

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 01:08