Ireland cannot allow Northern Ireland to be used as a backdoor to take Ireland out of the EU by default, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.

“We can’t allow, in a no-deal scenario for example, for Northern Ireland effectively to become a backdoor that’s unguarded into the European Union single market and customs union,” he said.

“If that happens then the Republic of Ireland will essentially get taken out of the single market by default. We can never allow that to happen,” he said.

The issue would be addressed “in probably more direct language” following the presentation of the latest Brexit preparation memos to Cabinet today, he said.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, there was “no preparation in terms of structures “at the Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.


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