LONDON – The United Kingdom government has announced a proposal to make the border with Ireland as open as possible, “with no physical infrastructure”, after Brexit.
The British Executive Wednesday explained the overall guidelines for being submitted to the EU during the BREXIT third round of negotiations.
The text remarked how important would be preserving the 1998 Good Friday Agreements, which put an end to over 30 years of confrontation between Irish nationalists and unionists.
‘BREXIT must recognize that the people from Northern Ireland will continue to have right to both citizenships,’ the document said.
It also added that ‘any individual living in that British province who is an Ireland-born citizen will continue to benefit from European citizenship.’
With this proposal, Prime Minister Theresa May Cabinet also intends to ‘protect the Common Travel Area (CTA),’ a free transit agreement that allows residents from both nations to freely cross the common border without being controlled.
The CTA existence, existing for nearly a century, will allow UK and Irish citizens ‘to continue traveling, living, working and studying in both nations,’ said David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Concerning the commercial traffic, London holds the proposal for a ‘common customs union’ with Ireland until 2022, when the definitive trade agreement with Brussels should enter into force.
The document added that UK intention is to continue funding the projects for peace and reconciliation nowadays supported by European funds, as well as exploring new projects after 2020, when the present programs will be ended.