Kyle Paisley describes prospect of hard border after Brexit as 'madness'

The Rev Kyle Paisley has said a "firm commitment" to avoiding a hard border is "hardly too much to ask for". Picture from Irish TV

A SON of the late DUP leader Ian Paisley has described the prospect of a hard border as "madness".

Rev Kyle Paisley, a Free Presbyterian minister in England, made the comments amidst continuing confusion over border arrangements following Brexit.

British prime minister Theresa May and her cabinet colleagues have repeatedly stated their desire to avoid a 'hard border' with potential customs posts and security checks, but have not outlined the detail of how this would work in practice.

The DUP has dismissed calls - supported by Sinn Féin, the Irish government and the European Union - for the north to remain in the EU customs union and single market as a way of avoiding a 'hard border'.

Kyle Paisley, whose brother Ian is the DUP MP for North Antrim, tweeted: "A hard border is madness. A firm commitment to no hard border is hardly too much to ask for."

In a series of tweets in recent weeks, Mr Paisley has hit out at the Conservative government, which is currently supported by the DUP's ten MPs through a 'confidence and supply' deal.

Referring to the fact that the Anglo-Irish Agreement was introduced during direct rule in 1985, he wrote: "Any British gov't could introduce some kind of Irish dimension again. Direct rule 'aint necessarily the salvation of unionism."

After poor attendance in the House of Commons during a Northern Ireland budget speech, Mr Paisley commented: "UK govts, especially 'Conservative & Unionist' ones, are not known for caring that much about NI. Is this really what the NI parties want?"

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