Ireland to hold talks with Scotland on new agreement for new borders
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Scotland has said it is open to talks with the Irish Republic on a new border deal but it is yet to confirm whether it will allow the Northern Ireland border to be sealed off in the event of a future peace deal.
The two sides agreed last month to explore the possibility of opening a border crossing in an area which would be controlled by the Northern Irish state.
The talks have been stalled for several months over the question of whether the border could be closed in a way which would allow Northern Ireland to keep control of its border areas in Northern Ireland and not face an influx of migrants from across the Irish Sea.
The border was last reopened in 2007, when a ceasefire ended the Troubles and Northern Ireland’s partition.
The border between Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Republic is one of the most sensitive in Europe, with more than 50,000 people crossing illegally from the Republic every day.
Under the current arrangement, border crossing times are slowed for up to three days to allow for the arrival of consular staff.
Scotland has said it is open to talks with the Irish Republic on a new border deal but it is…