Theresa May has assured nationalists in Northern Ireland the UK will not turn away from Ireland as a result of Brexit.
The Prime Minister has assuaged concerns that the accords of the Good Friday agreement – like the right to claim Irish citizenship – will be protected after the UK leaves the European Union.
The announcement was made in a piece to the Irish News, a daily paper based in Belfast, and comes just ahead of a paper to be published by the Government to confirm its plans for Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland.
The Prime Minister insisted “no-one voted to end ties between the UK and Ireland” or the “unique arrangements” which have been in place prior to EU membership.
She has made clear the country does not want to see border posts installed along the edge of Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Irish government has insisted the on-going peace process must not become a factor in Brexit negotiations.
The Republic of Ireland is the only EU country to maintain a land border with the United Kingdom, through its connection with the north.