Ritchie seeks answers from Cameron on Brexit and Irish border

Ritchie seeks answers from Cameron on Brexit and Irish border

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has questioned the Prime Minister on the impact that leaving the EU would have on the border in Ireland

Ms Ritchie has said: “Imposing a ‘hard’ customs border between the north and south of Ireland would be an economic disaster for Northern Ireland, particularly in the border counties. Whilst the Prime Minister has recognised that Northern Ireland would be ‘intensely’ effected by a customs border, he has still been unable to give any assurance that free movement in Ireland can be maintained outside the EU.

“Freedom of travel between the north and south is an economic necessity and a vital component of building a peaceful and prosperous Ireland. However even if the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach both wanted to continue freedom of movement in Ireland outside of the EU, the practical realities of different migration, refugee and custom laws could make this impossible to achieve. As David Cameron’s answer today makes clear, an open border in Ireland can only be guaranteed through our continued membership of the EU.”