Irish PM states no-deal Brexit checks needed near Irish border
Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said.
As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the Taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU.
There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added.
UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October.
Varadkar has said he would continue efforts to avoid a no-deal but would not do so “at any cost”, adding that the EU had still not received any workable alternative to the backstop from the UK.
“I do fear it, but I am prepared for it,” he told business leaders in Dublin on Thursday night.
He added the U.K. will not achieve a “clean break” Brexit and deep division over the EU will dominate British politics for “many years to come.”
“The story of Brexit does not end if the United Kingdom leaves on 31st October or even January 31st — there is no such thing as a clean break,” Varadkar told the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. “Rather, we just enter a new phase.”