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Hard Irish border likely in hard Brexit, says farm commissioner

The return of a “hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic looks inevitable if Britain leaves the EU single market, says European farm commissioner Phil Hogan.

“Clearly, Brexit is a mess and getting messier.”

EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan

Northern Ireland will represent the only land frontier between Britain and the EU once it leaves.

The Irish Independent newspaper quoted Hogan as saying that if the United Kingdom leaves the EU Single Market, then a hard border, involving potential identity controls and customs tariffs, looked inevitable.

Leaders in London, Dublin and Belfast have said they want to avoid a hard border, with customs checks and border posts.

(Source: Reuters)

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