Friday February 21, 2020

Government rejects new Tory blueprint to avoid hard border

A report by Conservative politicians raises the possibility of creating special economic zones around Derry-Donegal and Dundalk-Newry and advanced trusted trader systems for businesses

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

25th August, 2019
A sign along the border campaigning against a 'hard' Brexit. Pic: Getty

A new report touted by British prime minister Boris Johnson as key to solving the backstop stand-off has been dismissed by the Irish government.

Johnson has ordered his officials to examine a 270-page independent report, published by two Conservative politicians last month, which outlines a series of proposals.

The report, entitled Alternative Arrangements for the Irish Border, suggests a hard border can be avoided by harnessing existing technologies that should be up and running within...

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