Juncker: Irish Border Controls Needed in No-Deal Brexit
Without a border, goods from the UK could enter the EU with no inspection
Photo AP/Jean-Francois Badias
Jean-Claude Juncker, chief of the European Union’s executive arm, says border controls will have to be placed on the Irish border if the UK leaves without a Brexit deal.
Juncker told Sky News that the EU has to “make sure that the interests of the European Union and of the internal market will be preserved,” reports AP.
The Ireland-Northern Ireland border has been a major sticking point in Brexit negotiations. The EU has been insisting on what is called the Irish backstop which would keep the border open. Many in the UK feel that this would keep the UK under EU customs rules and be a threat to its full independence once Brexit has been completed.
Junker expressed concerns that a no-deal Brexit with no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland could allow goods from the UK to enter the EU that do not meet EU standards and which would not pass an EU customs check.
The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on October 31, 2019. To date, no deal has been ratified to allow for an orderly Brexit and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he will take the UK out without a deal even though Parliament has passed a law forbidding such an action.
|Source||The Associated Press|