Britain's Brexit plan for Ireland and Northern Ireland: Here's what you need to know
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Britain's Brexit plan for Ireland and Northern Ireland: Here's what you need to know

THE BRITISH Government's plan for Northern Ireland, Ireland and the border have been released in a Brexit position paper. 

In brief, the position paper says:

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  • The border will continue as it is, with the exception of a visual customs border.

  • The Belfast Agreement will be maintained, so the birthright to dual nationality of Irish and British citizenship for Northern Irish residents will be maintained.

  • Funding for reconciliation projects in border areas will continue.

  • The free flow of Irish citizens in the Common Travel Area will be maintained.

  • Exports from Ireland and Northern Ireland to Britain will continue.

  • There will not be a border in the Irish Sea.

  • There will not be any immigration controls at the border in Northern Ireland, likewise no immigration controls flying from Ireland and Northern Ireland into Britain.

  • However, there will be checks in other methods, for example on renting, employment and car hire to limit EU nationals access to British services.

  • The Government will co-ordinate with the Irish Government to keep Ireland as one economic unit.

  • They have also said that if a harder border is required in the future, that will be a decision for Irish officials and the EU.