Wales needs same EU border deal as Northern Ireland, first minister says

Wales needs to be included in any “frictionless” border deal between the EU and Northern Ireland or else Welsh ports will lose trade and jobs, the first minister has said.

Prime minister Theresa May has spoken of finding “a solution which enables us to have as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and Ireland”.

Speaking to the BBC today (February 26), Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones said he could only accept such a deal if Wales was included too.

He said: “We need to make sure that goods are able to move between Wales and the Republic of Ireland on the same basis as they are between Northern Ireland and the Republic, or we lose trade and we lose jobs in the Welsh ports.

“What I would not support is any kind of deal where it’s easier to move goods into the EU via Northern Ireland than through the Welsh ports.”