'Dangerous and Impractical': Brexit Secretary Slammed for Ireland Border Plans

Cecilia Malmström

Cecilia Malmström

"The supermarkets in Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a couple of days, and hospitals will run out of medicines within two weeks", an unnamed source cited by the Sunday Times said.

Filmed as part of a Vice News documentary released this week, the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said: "The British have been moving forward with several ideas".

The UK and EU have both said they do not wish to see a hard border after Brexit, but they have not been able to agree on how to avoid checks on goods once the UK has left the customs union and single market.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "More and more by the day, Tory plans are sounding like something out of Alice in Wonderland. As Home Secretary, as anyone would expect, I'm deeply involved in "No Deal" preparations. but I don't recognise any of that", he said.

Britain must submit written proposals on how it plans to keep a frictionless border on the island of Ireland after Brexit in the next two weeks or face an uncertain summer of talks, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Mr Javid said that his government is focused on achieving a Brexit deal with the EU.

Meanwhile, DUP leader Arlene Foster gave her clearest warning yesterday that she would withdraw support from Theresa May's minority government if ministers tried to push through a Brexit deal that left Northern Ireland with a different status to the rest of the UK.

The border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the rest of Ireland will be Britain's only land frontier with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

"But it doesn't matter what we call it as long as it works, and we think it will".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government at Westminster, will nearly certainly be opposed to the new proposals, as they have said they will not accept Northern Ireland leaving the bloc on different terms to the rest of the United Kingdom.

He told Sky News Labour's Brexit policy would ensure "trade in goods would continue uninterrupted", adding: "The Tories' red line is actually going to make it much, much more hard".

"That's what we will judge all of the propositions that are brought forward, we will judge it against that red line and she's very much aware of that, and I have confidence that she knows that she can not bring forward anything that will breach that red line or we simply will not be able to support them".

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