Responding to the letter to the Prime Minister from the President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:

"Make no mistake, this letter changes nothing. Warm words from the EU, which the Prime Minister will no doubt use to try and get MPs to support her Brexit deal, do nothing to solve the issue of the Irish border.

"It is all well and good to say they can consider ‘facilitative arrangements and technologies’ but this is not a reality. The technology that would allow seamless trade across the Irish border simply does not exist.

"If we do not have a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, there will be red tape for businesses, longer queues at our borders and jobs will be lost. It is time Theresa May was honest with the British public and offered them a way out of this mess with a people’s vote, with the option to remain in the EU."

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