Borders: Northern Ireland

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords), Chair, Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 13 February (HL13277), what assessment they have made of the potential technological solutions for ensuring no hard border of the island of Ireland following the UK's departure from the EU; and whether they will publish details of any such assessment.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

The Prime Minister in her 5 February speech in Belfast reaffirmed the UK Government commitment to delivering a Brexit that ensures no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls. While technology could play a part in this, and alternative arrangements are being looked at, these must be ones that can be made to work for the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland.

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