(Mercury) ‘No-deal’ Brexit means hard Irish border, says EU

(Mercury) The EU believes a hard border on the island of Ireland is an ‘obvious’ result of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit – as signs of a split with Dublin emerged over the issue. Brussels, Dublin and London have all stated they do not want a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit. The comments prompted Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney, also his country’s Foreign Minister, to repeat Dublin’s position that it is not planning for a hard border, even with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.