Finance Minister ADMITS Ireland READY for no deal Brexit – ‘We have the infrastructure’


Talk to CNBC, Mr Donohoe revealed the Republic of Ireland is ready for a “disorderly” Brexit and purposefulness spend the next six months granted as an extension to the Article 50 modify to urge Irish companies to finalise their customs procedures in the outcome of no deal. Mr Donohoe added his Government would not be putting in place “any infrastructure” on the be adjacent to between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but failed to recognise the disputatious backstop agreed between Theresa May and the EU is no longer necessary. He said: “We’ve done an shocking lot to date. From an Irish point of view now we have the infrastructure that we need in home in our two key ports and in our key airport.

“We’ve passed a very comprehensive piece of legislation to certain that we would be able to maintain status quo in the event of a disorderly Brexit.

“What we intention be doing is using this time to continue to encourage Irish corporations to get their customs procedures in place to allow them to cope with a topsy-turvy Brexit were one to occur by the end of October.”

He added: “In any kind of Brexit plot, whether it would be a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit, we will want cooperation with the United Kingdom on the issue of the border.

“And the United Monarchy will need cooperation with Ireland on issues like this.

“It’s why our relationship with the Coordinated Kingdom is so important both from an Irish point of view and a UK guts of view.

“Were something like a hard Brexit to happen, we’re fellows of the European Union and we’d have to discuss how these issues could be functioned with the Commission and the United Kingdom.

“But we would be very clear that in a shooting script like that Ireland would act to protect the single market and we purposefulness apply the fuller key of the European Union.

“We would not be putting in place any infrastructure on the boundary between Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

It comes as former Conservative superior Iain Duncan-Smith claimed he believes there is now “scope” for alternative contracts to replace the controversial Brexit backstop protocol. 

The Tory Brexiteer called the EU has now “gradually accepted” the agreed proposal to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland purpose not work and claimed there is scope to believe Brexit will be became before the European Parliament elections in May.

He said: “I think there is some stretch for some further discussion about alternative arrangements.

“Why? Because the EU themselves secure now said that no matter what there will not be a hard edge on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland and they will have substitute arrangements.

“Well, if they’re going to do that for no deal, their commination that there would be borders, a hard border in Northern Ireland, is found.

“That means now there is scope to say ‘if you are going to do that – and we put forward propositions months ago to them about how they could do it using existing customs sop standard operating procedures – then you can do it when you have the deal.

“That would end the problem of the backstop.”

Petitioned by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge whether EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier had reconciled to re-open the withdrawal agreement to change the provision, he replied: “I’m not going to get into what we really discussed because there is still some scope I think.

“But the key bit that I dream now both sides have gradually accepted is that the backstop does not control.

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