Post-Brexit border would present 'clear and present danger' to peace process, says Senator

Any border infrastructure on the island of Ireland would be a "clear and present danger" to the Northern Ireland peace process, it has been warned.

Irish Senator Neal Richmond said repeated warnings against any type of border between Northern Ireland and the Republic were not "alarmism".

The Fine Gael EU affairs spokesman warned: "Any border and customs infrastructure is a viable threat to the peace process which is only 20 years old on this island.

"The Irish Government is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement... as are the British government, so we do have a responsibility to make sure that case is known."

Speaking on ITV's Peston On Sunday, he added: "It is not alarmism. We get tired of people saying we are fear-mongering. This is a clear and present danger to our peace process which needs to be tackled."

Last week the PSNI's Chief Constable George Hamilton warned that any infrastructure at the border would become a target for armed groups and pose a danger to his officers.

"The terrorists only have to be lucky once to get a result with catastrophic consequences," he said.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday that a UK decision to leave the single market and customs union would make Irish border checks "unavoidable".

He made his comments after Downing Street said the UK would not be in a customs union after Brexit.

- PA


Related Articles

Hunt believes UK will ‘survive and prosper’ after Brexit

Comment: Sterling could drop to 100 pence on a no-deal Brexit

Derry Girls group launches campaign against hard border

Just 6% of Irish businesses have a formal Brexit plan in place, AIB reports

More in this Section

Man due in court in connection with fatal Dublin stabbing

Brendan Howlin: Change of Labour leadership will not have impact critics suggest it will

Pope to meet victims of sexual abuse during Ireland visit

DUP fined £1,000 over ‘inaccurate’ loan reporting


More From The Irish Examiner