How Brexit will affect Dundalk's border with the North

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How Brexit will affect Dundalk's border with the North

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted there will be no return of a hard border with the North as the British Prime Minister laid out her plans for leaving the EU.

Mr Kenny moved to ease concerns after Theresa May made a landmark speech outlining Britain's post-Brexit future.

Mrs May said that Britain will leave the European single market, but stressed that the Common Travel Area with Ireland would be preserved.

Mr Kenny moved to ease concerns after Theresa May made a landmark speech outlining Britain's post-Brexit future.

Mrs May said that Britain will leave the European single market, but stressed that the Common Travel Area with Ireland would be preserved.

Mr Kenny said he has no reason to believe the Common Travel Area is under threat.

"We agreed when I went to Downing Street before that we will preserve the Common Travel Area.

"That's something we want and will preserve. It doesn't just mean travelling for social reasons; Irish people travel to Britain and British people travel to Ireland, not just travel but also for work," Mr Kenny told RTE News.

"There'll be no return to the hard border which I call it, or as she says the borders of the past where there were customs post every 100 yards, we want a preservation of the seamless border that's there now."

Mrs May has signalled that Britain will not be looking for associate membership of the EU.

Mr Kenny said it had brought some clarity to the issue following the referendum vote last June.

"Well this is part of the journey that began on June 23 with the referendum and the Prime Minister declaring that Article 50 would be triggered by the end of March," he said.

"And then all of the conversation and confusion looking for clarity, so now the speech from the prime minister has brought clarity and some measure for what Britain is looking for in its new relationship with the European Union in the future."