Hard Brexit will have detrimental impact on NI peace process, police chief warns

Source: www.aol.com --- Saturday, July 13, 2019
Northern Ireland’s police chief has warned that a hard Brexit will have a “detrimental” impact on the peace process. Simon Byrne painted a stark picture of a potential worst-case scenario of farms and agricultural businesses going bust, animals being culled and unrest within communities. The chief constable’s warning came a day after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar predicted the UK was facing decades of economic decline following Brexit, as the nation struggled to cope with diminishing importance on the world stage. Mr Byrne, who assumed office at the start of the month, said he wanted answers from London as to how the PSNI was supposed to police around 300 border crossings in the face of the dissident republican threat that would escalate if there was a disorderly UK exit from the EU. “I think we are worried that in the short term a hard Brexit will create a vacuum which becomes a rally call and recruiting ground for dissident republicans and clearly any rise in their popularity or their capability would be very serious,” he said. Simon Byrne said his officers would become a target for dissident republicans if they had to police new arrangements at the border (Brian Lawless/PA) Mr Byrne said his officers were having discussions with senior civil servants to “make plain” the PSNI’s concerns. “We are and I am concerned about how the Brexit piece may or may not play out in weeks ahead,” he said. “Firstly we are all in the same place that w ...

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