Slovenia, Ireland say Irish border concerns should be addressed in Brexit talks

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-02 05:36:44|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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LJUBLJANA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and his visiting Irish counterpart Charles Flanagan both strongly agreed Thursday that the concerns of Ireland should be considered in the negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).

Erjavec said Slovenia understood the special position Ireland was in regarding Brexit and would support the views that Ireland found important, as he addressed the press after the talks with Flanagan, who was paying his first official visit to Slovenia on Thursday.

Erjavec said that borders would be a particularly serious problem and Slovenia knew well what having a Schengen border meant, according to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).

In light of the recent EU regulation to introduce stricter controls of all people wishing to cross Schengen borders, which caused problems during the Easter holidays and is expected to cause more during the tourist season, Erjavec expected there could be similar issues on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in Britain.

Flanagan stressed that over 30,000 people crossed the Irish-UK border daily from both sides, so it was important to make sure the border stayed open.

He rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's claims that having reached no agreement about Brexit in negotiations would be better than having a bad agreement, arguing that the scenario with no agreement reached would be bad for everyone involved.