Irish premier warns against attempt to ‘amend or unthink’ Brexit deal

Lloyd Doyle
November 19, 2018

Furious at the special arrangements for Northern Ireland set out in the withdrawal agreement struck between Theresa May and the European Union to secure Brexit, the party says that it will not support the deal when it comes before the British parliament for approval.

The draft European Union withdrawal agreement is the best option for the Northern Ireland agri-food sector and should be supported, the chairman of the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association has said. Suspecting an Irish plot, the party has hitched its wagon to the ultra-Brexit wing of the Conservative Party, which is manoeuvring not just to scupper the deal at Westminster but to oust Mrs May.

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She will tell this morning's meeting the agreement is good for the people and businesses of Northern Ireland; it prevents a hard border, upholds the Good Friday Agreement, and maintains the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK.

Chief executive Wesley Aston said: "No deal for Northern Ireland agri-food and farming in particular would be absolutely disastrous and we have made that patently clear".

Mr Varadkar said, in such a situation, it would be "very difficult" to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"We can avoid a hard border by signing up for the agreement that has been negotiated", Varadkar told reporters.

"In a no-deal scenario it would be very difficult to avoid a hard border because of the obvious fact that, as Ireland remaining part of the European Union, we would no doubt be asked to implement European law", he said.

The Irish government has repeatedly warned that physical infrastructure at the border would anger nationalists and could become a target for militants opposed to the peace deal.

Varadkar said he did not see any scope for renegotiating it unless the British government delayed its exit beyond March 29, something it has repeatedly ruled out.

He added: "The only way we can avoid a hard border is by an agreement".

And while there is widespread opposition to May's Brexit withdrawal deal now, that could ease "as reality kicks in, as the precipice approaches", Varadkar said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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