Borders: Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 20th November 2017.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on defining the nature of the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Assistant Whip

As made clear in our Position Paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland, published in August, and in the Prime Minister’s Florence speech in September, we remain firmly committed to avoiding a hard border, including no physical infrastructure between Northern Ireland and Ireland. This is a point on which we have remained clear throughout.

In doing so, there can be no border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or anything that fractures the internal market of the United Kingdom, which benefits Northern Ireland hugely.

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