There may be border checks on goods crossing the Irish border if there's a no-deal Brexit, according to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross.
DUP leader Arlene Foster MLA has met with Prime Minister Theresa May in Westminster to discuss the way forward on Brexit.
Ireland will begin pushing through a "mega" package of legislation next month to deal with the fallout from a no-deal Brexit if there is still a prospect of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal in March.
In an unguarded comment caught on microphone after the press conference, he asked Simon Coveney, the deputy prime minister, if he should have made the remark. She said "it is a bit of a nonsense to talk about a hard border" in Ireland.
However the department also said the scale of checks required in a no-deal Brexit would likely result in delays for goods moving through Irish ports, requiring measures to prevent congestion.
"We have no such secret plan". "I remember going there as a teenager".
But she went further, saying "we never had a hard border".
Meanwhile, former Brexit secretary Raab - who resigned in November - called on MPs to vote down the deal to give May a chance to go back to Brussels to negotiate, saying the United Kingdom should "keep the arm of friendship extended to our European Union friends and partners".
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Speaking during a Commons debate on the motion of no confidence in the Government, Mr Dodds said "it really was the Prime Minister's proposition" that was defeated by a "record majority".
"To suggest that we will return to the borders of the past when the borders of the past were there for a completely different reason".
"It is now for those who rejected that to honour their commitment to us that there will be no hard border in island of Ireland - the ball is very much in their court".
But, when it comes to Brexit, there is no comity even on areas of agreement.
"For those of us who lived on the border and who were attacked by the IRA, we know that the IRA escaped across that border, so it was not a hard border, nobody wants to go back to that", she told U105.8 FM radio.
The plans again did not touch on the central issue for Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit: How it can defend the single market without imposing physical infrastructure on its border with the British province of Northern Ireland.
"It takes the will to look for solutions and the regrettable thing is the Republic of Ireland has not been in the solution-finding mode".