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Theresa May says Brexit will not divide Great Britain, insists there is no 'hard border' between Northern Ireland, Irish Republic

London: British prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday rejected any plans that would mean a Brexit border between Northern Ireland and neighbouring Irish Republic.

Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons during her weekly questions, May said no British prime minister could ever agree to a Brexit treaty that would see borders dividing any parts of Britain, reports Xinhua.

Responding to a question by the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP David Simpson, May confirmed she will never agree to any trade borders between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

May said she stood by commitments she has made previously on the border issue.

She said the draft legal text the European Commission had published would, if implemented, threaten the constitutional integrity of Britain by creating a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea, adding: "No UK prime minister could ever agree to it."

File image of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. AP

File image of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. AP

"I will be making it crystal clear to (European Commission) President Jean-Claude Juncker and others that we will never do so," May added.

"We are committed to ensuring that we see no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, but the December text also made clear that there should continue to be trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as there is today," she said.

Main opposition leader Labour's Jeremy Corbyn accused May's government of being in disarray over Brexit.

May insisted there was no disagreement with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the Irish border question. "The foreign secretary and I are absolutely committed to ensuring that we deliver no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland," May told Corbyn.

She added: "That's the position of the British government. It's the position of the parties in Northern Ireland, it's the position of the Irish government, and it was what we agreed in the December agreement of that joint report."


Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 14:50 PM

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