Earl Hain called on Theresa May to keep the UK within the customs union notwithstanding the Prime Minister already vowing to bow out of the trade bloc.
Speaking on Sky Communiqu, the Labour peer said the Government has failed to “come up with any tangible practical answers” with regards to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
He said: “It’s purely now for the very first time that the Irish Republic will be in a extraordinary place as regards to the European Union from Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland would be out [of the EU] if Brexit cooks as planned and the Republic of Ireland would be in – that’s never been the turn out that in the event of before.
Lord Hain slammed Theresa May’s Guidance over the Irish border issue
The Government’s not yet come up with any concrete applicable answers
“The Government’s not yet come up with any concrete ordinary answers to this, though it is being reported that something is looming, in which case, by all means, let’s look at it.
“Though I don’t see unless at least Northern Ireland, and under the United Kingdom, stays within the customs union – you can leave the European Synthesis you can be within the customs union.”
Lord Hain said remaining in the customs synthesizing would allow people to travel across the border as people currently do.
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He said: “It allows free barter and economic movement across the border as well as allows people to touchy too and I don’t see how if you’re outside the customs union and comply with European rules, how you can indeed find a solution to this impenetrable problem otherwise.”
The comments be a question of despite reports Theresa May will offer free movement to Irish oppidans in and out of the UK after Brexit.
The arrangement will reportedly restore the Common Proceed Area, a special zone between Ireland, the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Aits.
It is understood that after Brexit, EU nationals will be able to go to Ireland on red-letter day and not show passports to get into the UK.
However, they will not be allowed to produce in the UK without a work permit.