Theresa Villiers contradicts statements by Ahern, Hayes and Lawson.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister
Peter Mandleson, former U.K. Northern Ireland secretary
Dermot Ahern, Former Irish Foreign Minister
Conor Patterson, CEO Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency
FW Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:
"The very moment that the U.K. leaves, we'll have a border again between Ireland and Northern Ireland. That has at least the potential to ignite a conflict that apparently has become totally calm."
Hugh Orde, former Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland
Warnings from Chancellor George Osborne, former PMs Major and Blair.
Denials from Villiers.
"In our model we have assumed that under the ‘best case’ scenario, the Irish-UK border would be similar to that of Switzerland’s border with the EU."
"There is no existing model that would permit the continued lack of a customs frontier in Northern Ireland if the UK left the EU."
10.12.2015 (twenty fifteen)
"An EU border between the Republic and Northern Ireland may not do as much economic damage as is commonly supposed ... but Sinn Fein might argue that such a border would invalidate the British-Irish Agreement Act"
Panel discussion on BBC Newsnight
"The EU’s new external border would divide Northern Ireland from the rest of the island and could thereby jeopardise the peace agreement."
"Insisting that she was 'not scaremongering', Lady Hermon said: 'I live here, I am going to continue to live here. I love Northern Ireland. I am a unionist.'"
Theresa May predicts Irish border controls if UK pulls out of European Union
Former Taoiseach John Bruton
Yet the issue was "never discussed" before the referendum.
Former Taoiseach, John Bruton
"Voters here in Lancashire need to think about the consequences for peace in Ireland of the deepening of the border in Ireland that would flow from a Brexit decision on 23 June."
"Everyone is going to be mad as hell, especially the Irish"
Former President Bill Clinton
"I worry that the future prosperity and peace of Northern Ireland could be jeopardised if Britain withdraws."
Express covered the Blair/Major warning and also mentioned Bill Clinton
"With Brexit, the inter-Irish border would harden, because it would become an external EU border."
"Britain and Ireland might still not want to restore a hard border with customs"
“I think the average person needs to pay more attention,” he said. “They didn’t react too well when they had the border here.”
"There have certainly been suggestions that the border might well be hardened in the event of a vote to leave. Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said that Ireland could reinstate border controls in the event of a Brexit"
CUSTOMS POSTS COULD RETURN TO IRISH BORDER IF BREXIT GOES AHEAD, WARNS TAOISEACH
"It is difficult to believe that this can have no restraining implications for the passage of goods and people between Northern Ireland and the Republic."
Those people-trafficking Nova Scotians!
"The border would then be an external EU border, requiring more controls on either side to prevent unwanted migration and monitor customs flow. "
February 2016, UK Government:
"Northern Ireland would be confronted with difficult issues about the relationship with Ireland. Outside the EU’s Customs Union, it would be necessary to impose customs checks on the movement of goods across the border."
"In Northern Ireland, a big debate has been going on about what will happen to the border with the Republic of Ireland if the UK votes to leave."
"Theresa Villiers, Northern Ireland secretary, has sought to end confusion among Brexit campaigners over the impact on the province of a vote to leave the EU"
Kate Hoey: "Nor is it likely that cross-border trade will be damaged as William Hague claimed."
"Perhaps the most significant practical and symbolic consequence would be the need to re-institute a formal land border between North and South."
William Hague: "The open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would be called into question."
"Peace has got rid of all the army and the checkpoints, and as far as I am concerned Europe and the free movement of goods made a huge difference in terms of taking customs posts off the roads"
"Discussion is already underway about a post-Brexit need to reinstate border controls at the UK’s only land border, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland."