by Ida Brooks and Kiara Carrière
The European Comission debated about the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The debate topic included discussions mainly about whether there should be a hard or soft border between the two states. A hard border is one that is strongly controlled and protected by police and soldiers, while a soft border is one where people are allowed to pass freely.
Both Irish and UK governments have stated that they do not want a hard border, as there are several consequences surrounding the issue, taking into account the historical and social sensitivities that permeate the island. Furthermore, a border would be very expensive and create financial, migrational, and transportational issues.
At the beggining of the conference, Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture stated that « this is a very important topic that will affect a lot of people and that every country should take part of it. » ireland does not support the UK’s decision of leaving the EU, and believes that as a result, the UK should pay a great sum of money to assume the consequences of their act.