Irish PM denies having secret no-deal Brexit plan for border checks

Irish border

Irish border

During leaders' questions, Mr Martin said: "Yesterday's exchange between the Tanaiste and the Minister for Transport are deeply worrying because it suggests the public are not being told the full truth for party political reasons".

Ms McDonald also referred to a comment from DUP leader Arlene Foster, who said there had never been a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

He voted down Mrs May's Brexit deal and is also thought to have supported the motion of no confidence in her. She said she would be setting out plans for talks with senior parliamentarians from parties across the Commons in the hope of finding "genuinely negotiable" solutions which she can take to Brussels.

She said: "That is manifestly not true and it illustrates clearly that Brexiteers don't deal with reality".

The row over border checks erupted after the transport minister, Shane Ross, told reporters at a press conference after May's Commons defeat on Tuesday he "would anticipate that there would be checks" on lorries coming from Scotland to the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland. All the Prime Minister said was she might talk to some members of the House.

"You know, as someone who lived through the Troubles, we never had a hard border in Ireland", she said.

"The Taoiseach and the Tanaiste and our partners at a European level need to stand firm and not move away from or attempt to dilute the backstop".

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She added: "No-deal crash out is completely reckless and not in our people's, households or businesses interests".

This stance mirrors a statement issued by the Irish government following Tuesday night's vote in the House of Commons which said it wanted the United Kingdom to set out how they will move forward.

"We had a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland".

So why was the DUP so quick to say that it would back her government in the no-confidence motion put forward by Jeremy Corbyn? Regrettably, the outcome of tonight's vote increases the risk of disorderly Brexit.

To allow officials to make preparations, the government will prioritize just six new proposed laws in other areas in the first half of the year compared to the 49 pieces of legislation given priority during the same period last year.

On Brexit, he said the DUP agreed to support the Government where it "acted on the basis of our shared priorities".

"This work will intensify over the next few weeks".

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