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Ireland'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border

15:20  12 september  2019
15:20  12 september  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Coveney said a no - deal Brexit would be a “crazy” outcome but that there was “no appetite” for renegotiating the withdrawal agreement. “We want to find ways of providing the reassurance and clarification the British prime minister needs to be able to sell that deal in Westminster,” he said .

New customs and veterinary checks , staffed by hundreds of new officers, will be needed at Irish ports and In his article today, Mr Coveney says that the planning for Brexit will now move “to the “Different scenarios trigger different responses and some of our ‘ no deal ’ planning will have to remain

'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border © Catalyst Images Ireland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney attends the MEDEF union summer forum renamed La Rencontre des Entrepreneurs de France, LaREF, at the Paris Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TANAISTE SIMON COVENEY has said any customs checks imposed in a no-deal scenario will not be permanent.

Speaking at the Fine Gael’s annual think-in in Cork this morning, Coveney said the Irish government now needs “to level with people” in terms of what a no-deal Brexit actually means.

“We shouldn’t be sugar-coating anything,” he said, outlining to reporters that checks will return to Ireland, though they will not be along the border.

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Leo Varadkar says for first time there could be separate customs agreement to avoid checks . The Irish government has admitted it would be “very difficult” to avoid border infrastructure in Ireland under a no - deal Brexit, but Ireland’s foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney , said his focus remained on

Government plans for customs checks at Dover in a no - deal Bertrand said there would be temporary border inspection posts for food controls in place for April “It is also very important to say that no country in Europe will be more lenient on rules because rules are determined at the EU level .

“We don’t regard those checks that may be needed in a no-deal as a permanent arrangement – not by a long shot”.

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'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border
'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border

He said any new checks imposed will be temporary until a better trade deal is arrived at, adding that any such deal requires a commitment on the Irish border issue.

The Irish government has a dual responsibility to both the peace process and the EU Single Market.

In a no-deal scenario, the Tánaiste said the Irish government would be forced to protect Ireland’s place in the EU Single Market “by having some checking system somewhere – away from the border that can reassure the rest of the EU that Ireland’s place in the Single Market is protected and the integrity of the market that we all enjoy will be protected too and that is important for Irish consumers too”.

'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border © Christina Finn Simon Coveney says no workable alternatives to the backstop have been proposed by the UK. Any checks will be “a temporary arrangement to protect our place in the Single Market while we continue to negotiate for the kind of arrangement on the Irish border that the British government has committed to in the past in writing”, he said.

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Northern Ireland's membership of the EU customs union after Brexit is "a matter for negotiations", Downing Street has suggested. With the UK committed to withdrawing from the customs union and the single market, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Simon Coveney said it was difficult to see how

He added that a timeline for how long the temporary checks will be operational will have to be agreed with the EU Commission.

“We need to protect our place in the EU Single Market, otherwise, we will be dragged out of the EU’s Single Market by Britain leaving without a deal. And we can’t accept that. I don’t think anybody would expect us to,” added Coveney.

His comments come as the Operation Yellowhammer document, which was officially released last night, outlined the “worst case scenario” for the UK.

'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border © Catalyst Images Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney delivers a speech during the opening of the French Employers' association (Medef) "Rencontre Des Entrepreneurs" summer meeting at the Longchamp horse racetrack in Paris. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson’s government had been massively accelerating no-deal preparations since he became prime minister, while an alternative to the Irish backstop to be put forward is also being called for.

Johnson has maintained that the backstop would have to be removed from the withdrawal agreement if a deal was to be struck.

When asked about what alternatives, if any, have been proposed to the EU task force.

'Time to level with people': Coveney says customs checks after no-deal will be temporary and away from the border © Catalyst Images Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney arrives at the BBC Broadcasting House in central London to appear on The Andrew Marr Show on 21 July 2019 in London, England. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) “If you look at the evidence, as opposed to the language that’s being used, it’s difficult not to be skeptical,” said Coveney, adding:

“There hasn’t been any substantive proposals from the British negotiating team… we know that. There certainly hasn’t been any proposal that comes close to doing what the backdrop does. So It’s easy to be skeptical here. It’s easy to be negative here. But I think the job of politicians is actually to try and find a way through the fog.”

In terms of the impact Brexit will have on some sectors, and what financial supports will be given, Coveney said the majority of supports for industry and business will come from the Irish Exchequer, rather than the EU.

However, he added that there will be dedicated EU funds for the agriculture sector as well some compensation targeted at job losses that may be sustained.

He said the funds required to some sectors, that will bear the brunt of Brexit, “will be significant”.

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