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Borders: Northern Ireland

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL13011, tabled on 22 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to erect a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and what costs have been incurred so far in preparation for such an outcome.

Answered on

4 February 2019

Delivering a deal with the EU remains the best way to guarantee no hard border. The UK Government is clear that, in the event of no deal, we will do everything in our power to prevent a return to a hard border.

The Government recognises that in a no deal scenario it would need to engage constructively with Ireland and the Commission to find the best way to avoid a hard border.

In all scenarios the UK will be unwavering in its commitment to the Belfast Agreement and the people of Northern Ireland.