A “reasonable chance” of an open border? September 6, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Another day, another less than ringing endorsement of keeping the border between North and South ‘open’. For it is former NI secretary, Theresa Villiers. And what words of comfort does she have for us?
“What has encouraged me since the referendum result is that we have the new prime minister, the Brexit secretary, we have the Taoiseach in Ireland all saying we need to keep this Border open – it is crucial.
“If you have both countries determined to keep the Border open I think there must be a reasonable chance that we can do that.”
Asked whether Brexit would mean tighter border controls with the Republic, Ms Villiers said: “That’s not inevitable at all. We’ve always had a much closer relationship with the citizens of the Republic of Ireland than with the rest of the EU.
“It’s perfectly possible to maintain that free movement with Irish citizens. After all we give them privileges in the UK which we accord to no other EU citizens, like the right to vote in our elections.”