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Charles Flanagan warns over Brexit effects on border

By Cormac McQuinn

Published 22/04/2016

Dublin Foreign Affairs minister Charles Flanagan
Dublin Foreign Affairs minister Charles Flanagan

Dublin Foreign Affairs minister Charles Flanagan has warned that there is no certainty a Brexit wouldn’t affect the border.

His statement casts doubt on remarks by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers that it is likely to remain unchanged.

Ms Villiers, who is campaigning for the UK to leave the EU, has insisted the border can “be as free flowing after a Brexit vote as it is today”.

But Mr Flangan has told the Dáil that in the event of a Brexit the future of the border would not solely be decided by Dublin and London.

“Therefore, nobody can say with certainty that nothing will change with the Border if the UK votes to leave the EU,” he added.

He said as things stand, the border is “practically invisible” but that if Britain leaves the EU the current arrangements will depend heavily on the terms and conditions of a new relationship between the UK and the EU.

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