Taoiseach Varadkar rules out controversial 'fast-track register' for Irish border crossing

Senior Brexiteers David Davis and Boris Johnson have not visited the Irish border since September 2016

SDLP Councillor, Gus Hastings, has said that Theresa May's plan to withdraw from the European Union's (EU) digital single market will see the return of roaming charges and signal dropout along the Irish border.

Varadkar, who is now on a tour to the United States ahead of St. Patrick's Day, dismissed the claims on Monday morning stating that "it is not a solution that we envisage".

Speaking from the United States, the Irish Prime Minister did not accept ideas from the new research paper on smart border technology commissioned by the European Parliament.

Talks regarding the Irish border remain a critical issue in Brexit negotiations, where there is now no clear plan on how to avoid the customs and sanitary checks.

David Davis, Boris Johnson and the most senior civil servant negotiating Brexit have not visited Northern Ireland since talks began on preventing a hard border.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it would be "helpful" for leading Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson to visit the Irish Border to see for themselves how it is now "invisible".

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Mr Hastings, who is Vice Chair of the North West Cross Border Group, said it was clear that the British Government had no idea of the real depth of the border challenge and how many areas of cooperation Brexit threatened to sever.

Mr Varadkar said the Government has good engagement with the British cabinet and has explained how the Brexit issues are unique to Ireland but, as "in any walk of life... sometimes you need to see things with your own eyes".

"They would be very welcome to see it for themselves". Last week, academics from Queen's University found that technology would not make the border frictionless.

A Trusted Traveller Program - under which people would "pre-register for fast-track movement across the border", possibly using "biometric passports or enhanced drivers' licenses using radio frequency identification". "It can not make a hard border frictionless", said Katy Hayward, a political sociologist at Queen's University.

In a statement previously posted on his website, the Taoiseach confirmed that a hard border would not be contemplated and that "there will be no physical infrastructure or related checks or control".

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