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No-deal will force us into a hard border, says Jean-Claude Juncker

Hard line: Jean-Claude Juncker
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BRUSSELS will impose a hard border in Ireland if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead, Jean-Claude Juncker has warned.

And should Britain crash out of Europe on October 31, the European Commission president insisted the EU would be ‘in no way responsible’ for the consequences.

When he was asked directly whether a border would be put in place, Mr Juncker told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: ‘Yes.’

He continued: ‘I’m not an architect of new border stations. The British have to tell us exactly the architectural nature of this border. I don’t like a border. This Good Friday Agreement has to be respected in all its parts, the situation in Ireland has improved. We should not play with this.’

However, the former prime minister of Luxembourg reiterated that Brussels would have to make sure the EU’s interests were preserved in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

He added: ‘An animal entering Northern Ireland without border control can enter — without any kind of control — the European Union via the southern part of the Irish island. This will not happen. We have to preserve the health and the safety of our citizens.’

Mr Juncker also criticised former prime minister David Cameron over the build-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, claiming he kept voters in the dark about an agreement that had been struck in Brussels to restrict EU immigration to the UK.

‘We agreed the deal back in 2016, I think, between David and ourselves but this deal was never explained to the British public. Never,’ he said.