Concerned tourism industry leaders were yesterday warned that a return of a hard border in Ireland, as a direct result of Brexit, would be “absolutely detrimental” and it could lead to the return of violence in the North.
Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly told delegates at the Let’s Talk Tourism forum in Killarney that he has a feeling Brexit might not happen but there is certainly a hardening of attitudes towards the UK in Europe.
Mr Kelly said he believed British Prime Minister, Theresa May, might call a general election next June or July and everything could change after that.
The MEP warned that the return of a hard border would impact enormously on the peace process.
Meanwhile Trinity College Professor of Finance, Brian Lucey told the gathering in the Muckross Park Hotel that Brexit will certainly lead to a harder customs border the likes of which has not been seen before in this country.