Ireland says, no-deal Brexit would hurt its security

Dec 20, 2018, 6:14 AM EST
Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney
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The Irish government on Wednesday night unveiled its contingency plan for what it calls minimizing the damages that would result from the U.K. crashing out of the European Union without a deal.

In the 131-page document, Ireland sketched out potential measures to address the social and economic disruption arising from a no-deal Brexit, writes The Guardian. The Contingency Action Plan warned of serious impact on security in Ireland, as no-deal Brexit would compromise its close cooperation with British police, creating a vacuum that could be exploited by criminals.

The document comes amid reports that the U.K. government has set aside £2bn for a no-deal Brexit, as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to drum up support among the lawmakers for her widely criticized withdrawal agreement, notes the BBC.