May to Reaffirm Brexit Vow in Belfast Talk: No Hard Irish Border

Supporters hold up European Union flags

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, in St Belleek, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, July 19, 2018.

Politicians have warned that the re-imposition of physical infrastructure when it becomes the EU's external border would anger Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland who aspire to unification with the Republic of Ireland and help militants opposed to the peace deal to recruit new members.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will reaffirm her pledge to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open following Brexit, saying the notion of a hard border is "almost inconceivable".

Meanwhile, Theresa May yesterday made her first trip to the Irish border since the 2016 Leave vote.

The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) this week accused the United Kingdom of attempting to "have its cake and eat it" by plowing towards a no deal Brexit.

Having put forward her proposals for a future UK-EU relationship, Mrs May will say it is now for the EU to respond.

She will add: "Not simply to fall back on to previous positions which have already been proven unworkable".

During her visit, the prime minister is also due to speak to young people in Belfast about Northern Ireland's future. "But to evolve their position in kind", she will say, according to the text".

He said: "We are preparing for a change in the rules of trade between Britain and Ireland in January 2021".

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Mr Coveney said on Twitter: "If UK Govt don't support current European Union wording on Backstop in draft Withdrawal Agreement, then obligation is on them to propose a viable and legally operable alternative wording that delivers same result: no border infrastructure".

The Democratic Unionist Party - the right-wing Northern Irish party which is now propping up May's minority Conservative government in Westminster - has vowed not to accept any suggestion that Northern Ireland would have a different relationship with the European Union than the rest of the UK.

Johnson on Wednesday told parliament that May had unnecessarily let the "readily soluble" border issue "become so politically charged as to dominate the debate" pushing May towards a close alignment with the European Union he described as a "miserable, permanent limbo".

"The Government has done that work".

The claims emerged as Leo Varadkar, the Irish premier, said his government needs to "step up our preparations for a no-deal scenario", although he said such an outcome is unlikely.

Mr Raab said that he was looking forward "with renewed energy, vigour and vim" to seeing the detail of the White Paper hammered out after a gruelling Cabinet conclave at Chequers.

There was a smattering of applause as Theresa May got out of her vehicle at Belleek Pottery.

I fully recognise how their livelihoods, families and friends rely on the ability to move freely across the border to trade, live and work on a daily basis.

On Friday she will meet the leadership of the largest Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein.

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