'Dangerous and Impractical': Brexit Secretary Slammed for Ireland Border Plans

Leroy Wright
June 3, 2018

A spokesman for the Department of Exiting the European Union rejected the claims and said: 'A significant amount of work and decision-making has gone into our no-deal plans, especially where it relates to ports, and we know that none of this would come to pass'.

According to the Sun, Davis - who heads the "max fac" group - was ready to drop his support for technological solutions, after police said systems, such as number plate recognition cameras, could become a target for sectarian attack. A 10-mile wide "special economic zone" would be created along the 310-mile border, within which local traders could operate under the Republic's trade rules.

However, British companies and the Government are understandably unhappy with Brussels perceived political bullying over Galileo, and could turn their attention to helping the United Kingdom create its own rival satellite project.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "More and more by the day, Tory plans are sounding like something out of Alice in Wonderland". "The creation of a buffer zone would merely move the problem away from the border and hide a hard border in a buffer zone".

While the Department of Exiting the European Union has not provided any response to The Sun in relation to their initial report, an unnamed senior Whitehall source told the newspaper: "Max Fac 2 is tremendously complicated, but it's at least something the Cabinet can unite around".

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DUP MP Sammy Wilson also said the idea was "nonsense". "But it doesn't seem like something that would work for us", one official said.

Mr Wilson said the objective of any border buffer zone is far from clear, and added: "Whilst the idea seems to be that movement can take place within the buffer zone, what happens to trade from outside the buffer zone when it crosses into that zone?"

Britain must submit written proposals on how it plans to keep a frictionless border on the island of Ireland after Brexit in the next two weeks or face an uncertain summer of talks, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The "buffer zone" proposal is understood to be under consideration as a potential way of breaking the deadlock over future customs arrangements ahead of a crunch summit of European Union leaders on June 28-29.

"Both of these would deliver on our commitments to ensure UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible, avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, preserve the integrity of the UK's internal market and enable us to establish an independent global trade policy".

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