Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace


Brexit could mean a “dangerously high cost” for peace in Northern Ireland, a former minister has warned.

Ex-Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain said the peace process could “so easily unravel”.

He said the Brexit bill should be changed to support maintaining the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

But former Northern Ireland First Minister Lord Trimble said this was unnecessary.

They were speaking as peers debated the government’s draft legislation that will authorise the UK’s departure from the EU.

Among several amendments that have been proposed is Lord Hain’s, which would require the prime minister to support the maintenance of the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

He said: “If the…



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