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Ireland will not consider controls of its exports at EU ports

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will not consider controls on exports to EU ports after some urgent Brexit as a result of the plan to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland, said Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and Europe's leading Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends a General Affairs Council on Article 50 in Brussels, Belgium March 19, 2019 REUTERS / Yves Herman / Filfoto Ireland's 500 km (350 mile) border with British-controlled Northern Ireland will be Britain's only country border after Brexit. The question of how to maintain seamless cross-border trade has been a major obstacle in the work to ensure that the UK beats the block in an orderly manner. It will be an even more difficult task in a British agreement, as Dublin has also promised to maintain the integrity of the EU internal market, where goods move freely around the block without the need for controls. The bulk of Irish exports to the continental EU are shipped via the UK. "We need to find a way to ensure that we protect the integrity of the internal market and that we avoid physical infrastructure on the border," Coveney told Parliament before meetings between Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and France's leaders and Germany this week. "Ireland will not allow a situation where the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, pulling Ireland out of the internal market with it. What I mean by that is controls in EU ports on all…

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will not consider controls on exports to EU ports after some urgent Brexit as a result of the plan to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland, said Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and Europe’s leading Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends a General Affairs Council on Article 50 in Brussels, Belgium March 19, 2019 REUTERS / Yves Herman / Filfoto

Ireland’s 500 km (350 mile) border with British-controlled Northern Ireland will be Britain’s only country border after Brexit. The question of how to maintain seamless cross-border trade has been a major obstacle in the work to ensure that the UK beats the block in an orderly manner.

It will be an even more difficult task in a British agreement, as Dublin has also promised to maintain the integrity of the EU internal market, where goods move freely around the block without the need for controls. The bulk of Irish exports to the continental EU are shipped via the UK.

“We need to find a way to ensure that we protect the integrity of the internal market and that we avoid physical infrastructure on the border,” Coveney told Parliament before meetings between Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and France’s leaders and Germany this week.

“Ireland will not allow a situation where the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, pulling Ireland out of the internal market with it. What I mean by that is controls in EU ports on all Irish products, it is not a runner and would cause significant damage to our economy so that we do not allow it. “

” COMPLEX CHALLENGE “

EU sources told Reuters In February, Dublin would soon come up with a plan to ensure the integrity of the internal market or controls of own goods that enter the rest of the block if they can also move freely to and from a country that is no longer a member.

“It’s something we don’t have an agreed plan about but we’re working this week and probably next week on, if we need, in the context of a lack of Brexit,” Coveney said, referring to meetings with the EU Commission said he had started last week.

“It’s a complex challenge and we always said it would be. And we always said it would be difficult to talk to the European Commission and they happen now.”

The EU warned on Tuesday that Britain could lead to a possible disorderly resignation in just 10 days as Prime Minister Theresa met with ministers to crush ways of breaking the deadlock. The UK Parliament has rejected its divorce three times over the EU.

For several months, Ireland has refused to even apply for contingency plans along the border with Northern Ireland in a UK breach agreement, which states that there must be “very difficult calls” on how to deal with it if the UK leaves without agreement.

Britain and Ireland fear the installation of physical customs infrastructure at the border could regenerate virtually dormant sectarian tensions and show a tempting goal for militants seeking a united Ireland.

Reporting by Graham Fahy and Padraic Halpin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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