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Shane Ross expects checks on lorries crossing Irish Border in no-deal Brexit | Irish Times - 12 hrs ago |

Minister for Transport Shane Ross admitted that there would be checks on lorries coming into the Republic of Ireland from the UK via Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"I would anticipate that there would be checks," Mr Ross told reporters at a briefing on the Government's latest plans to deal with the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

The Minister was answering a question about whether a lorry carrying agri-food produce from Scotland into the Republic via Northern Ireland would face border checks.

"Well no," said Tánaiste Simon Coveney, intervening after Mr Ross answered, saying that the Border would be dealt with through the divorce deal, just hours before the UK parliament overwhelmingly rejected it.

Mr Coveney said that the Government had "deliberately not" gone into contingency plans for dealing with the Border in a no-deal scenario because the UK had not voted on the plan.


Checks at Irish, UK and French ports "could provoke a difficult situation" for the €21bn worth of goods that rely on the landbridge for €21 bn worth of trade with the EU.

Mr Ross said he was satisfied that the shipping sector "can respond quickly" to meet demands for further capacity on direct sea routes with the EU.

The new Irish Ferries vessel WB Yeats would be "pivotal" in creating more capacity, he said.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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