On Friday the Prime Minister gave a speech on the UK Government’s approach to Brexit. Instead of there being answers there was more soundbites. I am really concerned by the Government’s refusal to accept a customs union with the remaining EU member states. Without it we will see a hard border constructed between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland or even the division of Northern Ireland from UK mainland.
As a former Northern Ireland minister I know the sacrifices that people have made to bring about improvements in the peace process in the island of Ireland. This is still a process. It has not finished and if the UK Government cannot find a solution – like the one offered by Labour to join a customs union – we must all be concerned about the stability of Northern Ireland.