Ireland and Brexit

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Titanic Belfast - biggest tourist attraction in Belfast

Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland

Travelling in the island of Ireland has changed significantly over the last twenty odd years. There are no border patrols and people move freely from the north to the Republic and vice versa. But then both parts were members of the EU.

What happens when the UK leaves?

Will people be able to cross the border easily? Will visas be required? Will there be duty-free allowances?

Unlike the UK’s relationship with any of the other EU nations, the UK shares a border with the Republic. Even more confusing to many is the fact that a body called Tourism Ireland is responsible for the promotion overseas of tourism in both Ireland and Northern Ireland? Will this situation continue after Brexit?

Yesterday, Tourism Ireland issued a statement which clarifies a few things.  They say that, “A key priority for tourism is the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland and we note that this is a priority recognised by all to enable the free movement of people across our borders.”

and he agtes of the Guiness Building in Dublin. After Brexit, visitors should be able to freely travel between the two

and the gates of the Guiness Building in Dublin. After Brexit, visitors should be able to continue to freely travel between the two parts of Ireland

The body also says, “Tourism Ireland is the agency set up under the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement to market the island of Ireland overseas. The vote has no impact on this matter and we look forward to working with industry partners across the whole island of Ireland to maintain the strong growth we have seen in tourism in the last number of years.”

I interpret this to mean that Tourism Ireland believes that, regardless of Brexit, the Common Travel Area means that there will be free movement for visitors to both parts of the island. Just as the island of Ireland has two currencies at the moment there being two countries, the arrangement will continue come-what-may and there will be free movement for visitors, tourists and commuters.   Would we also take that to mean that there will be free movement between the rest of the UK and Ireland as well meaning that the Irish could freely travel to the UK and we could freely travel to both the south and the north?

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