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May Rejects Border Controls in Ireland

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Prime Minister Theresa May with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government will deliver on the Stormont House Agreement and the Fresh Start Agreement

Prime Minister Theresa May with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Prime Minister Theresa May with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Mr May said that “nobody wants to return to the borders of the past” during her visit to Northern Ireland. She met Stormont’s first and deputy first ministers in her first visit to NI as prime minister.

Mrs May said her talks with Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness had concentrated on the impact of the Brexit vote, and had been “very constructive, positive”.

“If you look ahead, what is going to happen when the UK leaves the European Union is that of course Northern Ireland will have a border with the Republic of Ireland, which will remain a member of the European Union,” said Mrs May.

“I stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street and said that my government will be a government for the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland is a valued part and I’m very clear that the government will deliver on the Stormont House Agreement and the Fresh Start Agreement,” Mrs may said.

“I recognise the particular circumstances in Northern Ireland because of course it has a land border with a country that will be remaining in the EU. We’ve had constructive talks about the will that we all have to find a way through this in the best interest of Northern Ireland and the best interest of the UK as a whole.”