Anti-Brexit campaigner: ‘Special status for NI or else it will be hard border’

A member of a border communities campaign against Brexit says Northern Ireland will have to be given special designated status during the coming negotiations or else there will be a so-called ‘hard’ border.

Members of the group Border Communities Against Brexit were among those who travelled to Dublin yesterday to hear the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, give a speech to TDs and senators on how the EU will address concerns in Ireland.

The main concern for Border Communities Against Brexit is in relation to having a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ border.

It is hoped that Ireland will be considered a ‘special case’ during the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain.

Declan Fearon, of Border Communities Against Brexit says the most important element of Mr Barnier’s speech for border communities was when he said Brexit threatened and challenged borders within the EU, but that he will work with Ireland to avoid a hard border.

Mr Barnier told the joint meeting of TDs and senators that the UK’s departure from the EU will have consequences, adding that they had ‘a duty to speak the truth.’’

After hearing Mr Barnier’s speech, Declan Fearon told Ocean FM what he thinks the eventual outcome will be: