DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will not check its exports to EU ports after any unexecuted Brexit as a result of its plan to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland, Foreign Minister Simon Cowini said Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ireland Simon Kovini and the EU's Chief Negotiator, Brecksit Michel Barnier, take part in the General Affairs Council on Article 50 in Brussels, Belgium on March 19, 2019 REUTERS / Yves Herman / File Photo
( 350 miles) the border with Britain, operated by Northern Ireland, will be the only land border of Great Britain after Brexit. The question of how to maintain a seamless cross-border trade has become a serious obstacle to efforts to ensure that the UK properly leaves the bloc.
It becomes even more difficult for Brexit to not have an agreement, as Dublin has also promised to maintain the integrity of the single EU market, where goods move freely around the block without the need for inspections. The bulk of Irish exports to the continental EU comes via the UK.
"We must find a way to ensure that we protect the integrity of the single market and that we avoid physical infrastructure on the (Irish) border", – said Kovin Parliament before the meetings of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and leaders of France and Germany this week.
"Ireland will not allow a situation where Britain will leave the EU without an agreement with Russia pulling out of it the only market. What I mean is checking in the ports of the EU all Irish products that are not a runner and will significantly damage our economy so that we are not allowed to do so.
EU sources told Reuters in February that Dublin will have to plan for the integrity of the single market or check its own products that fall into the rest of the block if they are also allowed to move freely in and out of the country are no longer a participant
"This is something we do not have an agreed plan, but we are working this week and, probably, next week, if necessary, in the context of Brexit's non-agreement," said Coven, referring to a meeting with the EU Commission, he said , which began last week.
"This is a challenging challenge, and we have always said it will be. And we have always said that this will be due to heavy discussions with the European Commission and they are now taking place. "
The EU warned on Tuesday that Britain could move to a potentially disruptive 10-day break as Premier. Minister Theresa May has met with ministers to deal with the ways out of the impasse. The UK Parliament has three times rejected her divorce deal with the EU.
Ireland has for months refused even to pay emergency plans on the border with Northern Ireland without having any deal with Brexit, stating that it will be necessary to conduct "very difficult conversations" about how they can manage if Britain leaves without an agreement .
Britain and Ireland are afraid that the establishment of physical customs infrastructure at the border could lead to an exacerbation of intense sectarian tension and an attractive target for militants seeking an united Irish.
Reports by Graham Fahi and Padreik Halpin; Editing: Gareth Jones