Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has said that the Government must provide clarity on plans for the border in the event of a no deal Brexit. Deputy Chambers made her comments on foot of a statement from the European Commission which said that it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on April 12th.
Commenting Deputy Chambers said, “The situation in the United Kingdom is very fluid at the moment but we must take heed of a statement today from the Commission which said that in the event of a no deal Brexit the EU will be required to immediately apply its rules and tariffs at its borders with the UK. This includes checks and controls for customs, sanitary and phytosanitary standards and verification of compliance with EU norms.
“The Government has repeatedly stated that they are not planning for a hard border in the event of a no deal Brexit. However, I believe that they need to be more transparent with the public about their plans if this does actually come to pass. It is clear that discussions are being had but when questioned on this issue the Government continue to trot out vague and ambiguous statements that shed no light on this matter.
“We are less than 3 weeks away from April 12th and it is time for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to be more up front with the Dáil and the public about what will happen at the border should the UK leave the EU without a deal.
“It is in all of our interests that the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in the House of Commons and I sincerely hope it will be, but in the event that it fails again we need clarity on what will happen here,” concluded Deputy Chambers.