DExEU Publication of Northern Ireland and Ireland Position Paper

DExEU Publication of Northern Ireland and Ireland Position Paper
August 22 2017

The Department for Exiting the European Union has published its position papers on how to address the circumstances of Northern Ireland and Ireland in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The position paper — published ahead of the August negotiating round — states that the Government will protect the Common Travel Area (CTA) and associated rights for UK and Irish citizens, and put upholding the Belfast (‘Good Friday’) Agreement at the heart of its Exit negotiations.

The paper also puts forward proposals on avoiding a hard border on the movement of goods — making clear the UK’s position that there should be no physical infrastructure at the border — and plans to preserve the wide range of institutional cooperation between Northern Ireland, Ireland and Great Britain including for the energy market.

The paper is available to view here.

The Department is inviting views on this both by way of written submission and in discussion in your meetings with the Government. Written submissions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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