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Hard border on island of Ireland will return under no-deal Brexit, warns Juncker

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In an exclusive interview with Sky News, outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned a hard border will return on the island of Ireland if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

The European Commission president said he would not be the architect of no-deal but the bloc would have to act to protect its citizens’ health and safety.

He hit out at unnamed MPs who “are forgetting about the history” of the peace brought to Ireland by the Good Friday Agreement, but warned them if a hard border did return “history will be back immediately”.

He insisted: “The EU is in no way responsible for any kind of consequences by Brexit – that was a British decision.

“The EU is not leaving the UK, the UK is leaving the EU” he added.

Border between Northern Ireland and Ireland
A change in road markings and tarmac designates the border between the Republic of Ireland (R) and Northern Ireland (L) on the A13 Road near Londonderry in Britain, 01 March 2019. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

Via Sky News

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