The British Labour party is attempting this morning to form a cross-party alliance in an effort to prevent a post-Brexit border between Ireland and the UK.
The plan will be to rewrite the legislation currently going through the British parliament to enshrine in law the political commitment that has been made by the government in December last year which set out to avoid the scenario of a hard border.
If successful, this plan would ensure no customs and border checks and force Theresa May’s government to be fully committed to the open border policy currently in place.
Labour’s Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer told British newspaper, The Observer that “At the end of last year, the EU and UK government made a political agreement that there would be no hard border in Northern Ireland.
“However, the content of the withdrawal agreement is not legally binding. It is a political document subject to negotiation and will not have legal force unless and until it is ratified – which is by no means a done deal.”
The plan could take the form of an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which is at the moment going through the House of Lords. Labour will be canvassing perrs of other parties to back the proposal. Should they get the required backing, the House of Commons will be their next target in the move which will most likely see a hard fought debate.
Just how successful this proposal is remains to be seen but it’s probable that the results will be known in the next few days.
Brussels has yet to comment on the plan.