Noel Whelan: Government is right to be evasive on no-deal Border plans

Ministers know that sometimes it is more dangerous to answer a question than to avoid it

‘Talking about potential scenarios would not only have exacerbated tensions in the Border area but would have provide fodder for the DUP and others to make mischief.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

‘Talking about potential scenarios would not only have exacerbated tensions in the Border area but would have provide fodder for the DUP and others to make mischief.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

It is not often that it proves appropriate to congratulate a government for being evasive. At this point, however, the Government deserves recognition for how successfully it has managed to avoid being specific about the arrangements which would be put in place for cross-Border trade in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Ministers were adept at avoiding demands for details in the weeks before the original Brexit deadline of the end of March. They are doing the same this week as the clock winds down to the next potential no-deal date of April 12th.

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