Simon Coveney: Without a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, it would become "difficult to prevent border infrastructure"
The Tánaiste and Minster for Foreign Affairs hasn't minced his words here.
Simon Coveney has made it clear that Ireland does not support the potential re-emergence of border infrastructure.
He has, however, said that without a withdrawal agreement, it would become extremely difficult to prevent such a thing happening.
This comes hours after the EU confirmed that there will be a hard border if there is a no-deal Brexit.
"So what we're saying is very clear: The Irish government will not support the re-emergence of border infrastructure. We're not planning for it.
"But certainly, if we don't have a withdrawal agreement, it becomes very, very difficult to prevent that, and we need to work closely with the European Commission and the British government who have an obligation of course to relationships on this island."
He went on to talk about the responsibility Britain has with regards to the border infrastructure in Ireland:
"Deal or no deal, Britain has a responsibility to prevent border infrastructure re-emerging on this island, and I will remind them of that today."
You can have a look at the clip of Coveney discussing the topic in full here:
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