Ireland Wants to Make a Sea Border With the UK

039;Irish officials fear Britain isn't prepared for grinding Brexit detail', says Irish World editor Bernard Purcell

In a ratcheting up of Irish rhetoric around Brexit, Varadkar said it was the Ireland rather than unionists that should be angry at British plans to reimpose an "economic border" across the island of Ireland for the first time in 25 years.

On Thursday, Leo Varadkar, Ireland's newly-elected Taoiseach, expressed his disagreement with the United Kingdom government's earlier proposals to establish a hi-tech post-Brexit land border between Republic of Ireland and Norther Ireland, saying that it could undermine the peace process on the island.

But Nigel Dodds, who leads the DUP's Westminster MPs, ...

He said the onus was on the British government to say how it would work.

Dublin's attitude has reportedly hardened following the appointment of Leo Varadkar as prime minister and his selection of Simon Coveney as his minister for foreign affairs last month.

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British ministers had proposed using measures such as surveillance cameras to allow free movement between the north and south.

He added: "Any barrier or border on the island of Ireland in my view risks undermining a very hard-won peace process and all of the parties in Northern Ireland, whether they are unionist or nationalist, recognise we want to keep the free movement of people and goods and services and livelihoods".

A source in Whitehall admitted to the Times that the arrival of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach and Simon Coveney as Minister for Foreign Affairs in Dublin has heralded a certain clarity of thought from the European Union country most likely to suffer the brunt of Brexit.

Northern Irish protestant politicians who are propping up British Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government reacted with fury on Friday to a report that Ireland wants the Irish Sea to be its effective border with Britain after Brexit.

But it also means trying to win political advantages, like creating an economically united Ireland in the European Union, without having to replace the subsidies Westminster pays Northern Ireland.

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The border between the Irish Republic, a member of the European Union, and Northern Ireland will be the only land frontier between the United Kingdom and the EU once Britain leaves the bloc in early 2019.

"We're not going to be doing that work for them because we don't think there should be an economic border at all".

"There is a new Taoiseach and a new foreign minister and they're stamping their authority", the source said.

Any hindrance to cross-border trade would hit Northern Ireland harder.

The border is one of the key issues that needs to be resolved during the current phase of Brexit negotiations, before talks begin on a new trade deal.

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Sir Jeffrey immediately shot down that kite on behalf of the DUP on the Today programme, (although BBC NI's habitually sleepy news website has yet to catch up).

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