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Dermot Ahern, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Predicts Significant Brexit Border

Here is Dermot Ahern, the former Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and a senior minister in several FF-led governments from 1997 to 2011, discussing his belief that the United Kingdom intends to impose a “significant” border between the UK-administered Six Counties and the rest of Ireland. This would represent a radical departure from the Irish-British peace process of the last two decades and will almost certainly require the return of Britain’s military and paramilitary forces along a revived frontier. Ahern is a politician with a thirty-two years of inter-governmental and diplomatic experience, so his warning should be taken seriously.

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9 comments on “Dermot Ahern, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Predicts Significant Brexit Border

  1. What are the chances the EU enforce a hard border? How ironic would it be that the Irish will be doing what should abhor them?

  2. Bhí a fhios agam go raibh sé seo chun tarlú. Shéan an rialtas go dtarlódh a leithéid ach luigh sé le ciall go mbeadh teorainn daingean ann nuair a n-imeoidh an Ríocht Aontaithe as an Aontas Eorpach. Buailfear Éire go dona nuair a tharlóidh sé seo.

    • Gu dearbh fhéin. Perhaps you should leave the EU and rejoin the UK … only joking, really only joking … tha mi air falbh as a seo …

  3. The runners and riders have been listed but we haven’t even come to the day of the race yet, and in the case of Brexit, it looks more like a bit of a Grand National than a 5 furlong sprint, so this is going to be a hard one to predict. Sure, Hard Border might enter, but for now it’s just paper talk.

  4. It’s more likely that the EU would require a hard border. If there are EU tariffs for British manufactured goods, then the opportunity to smuggle them into the EU will have to be closed.

    • Pat murphy

      Mhmmmmm, chance of a few handy pound then? . This country went to hell when the smuggling stopped.

  5. TurboFurbo

    Unionist Ireland has already refused to engage with Nationalist Ireland to discuss common interests in the wake of Brexit.
    Fine – now It is imperative that a concensus emerges within Nationalist Ireland as to what is in the best interests of Ireland.
    .
    There are already several top-ranking EU decision-makers fully aware of the implications of Brexit on Ireland – now we need to get them on board to convince them of the merits of our case and ensure we get the best possible deal – economically and politically – for Ireland in any post-Brexit scenario.

  6. Wait and see, no talks have even started

  7. ar an sliabh

    Ahern is not the only one of that opinion. There appear to be options to the hard border in the EU rules, however. They may be limited in time, but who knows?: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-38829372

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