Brexit talks prompt fresh border uncertainty

Thursday, 8 March 2018

REACTION to the British Government's proposals on how to deal with the border issue in the wake of ongoing Brexit negotiations and the demands being made by the EU have been met with mixed reactions in the Strabane area with some politicians branding it 'a complete calamity', 'riddled with contradictions' and 'a non-starter for all Unionists'.

The comments stem from a speech from British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Friday when she set out details of her vision for a future economic relationship with the European Union which she believes can deliver "an optimistic and confident future which can unite us all" leaving Britain "a stronger and more cohesive nation".

Mrs May said that any deal on the future UK/EU partnership should rest on "five foundations": reciprocal binding commitments to ensure fair and open competition; a completely independent arbitration mechanism to resolve disputes; an ongoing dialogue with the EU, with regular consultation; an arrangement for data protection and measures to maintain links between people.

In her speech the Prime Minister said: "We should not think of our leaving the EU as marking an ending, as much as a new beginning for the United Kingdom and our relationship with our European allies.

Change is not to be feared, so long as we face it with a clear-sighted determination to act for the common good. Nor is Brexit an end in itself. Rather, it must be the means by which we reaffirm Britain's place in the world and renew the ties that bind us here at home.


"And I know that the United Kingdom I treasure can emerge from this process a stronger, more cohesive nation.This is an optimistic and confident future which can unite us all."

Looking ahead to the talks due to begin at the European Council summit on March 22 which is expected to lead to broad agreement on the future relationship by October, Mrs May said: "Yes, there will be ups and downs over the months ahead. As in any negotiation, no-one will get everything they want."


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