Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has admitted a no-deal Brexit will lead to a hard border with the North – but they can’t admit it to voters because it would cause a backlash, a secret recording revealed today.
Simon Coveney forgot his microphone was still on as he spoke to Transport Minister Shane Ross while Theresa May suffered her humbling Commons defeat last night.
He was heard confirming the need for border checks if Britain crashes out of the EU – most likely in the Irish Sea – and said: ‘But we can’t get into where they’ll be’.
He added: ‘People will start delving into that and all of a sudden we’ll be the government that reintroduced a physical border on the island of Ireland’.
His admission is in stark contrast with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s vow not to erect a hard border on the island under any circumstances.
The UK government has always described a hard border as having any kind of physical infrastructure on land or sea between the UK and Ire