Thursday 8 December 2016

MP foresees 'Troubles' border checks

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell (centre) says he wants to see the open Border being maintained
SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell (centre) says he wants to see the open Border being maintained

A Northern Ireland MP on the committee examining the North's post-Brexit Border believes a return to the control policies in place during the Troubles is highly probable.

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The lone nationalist voice on the Westminster committee, SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell, says he wants to see the open Border being maintained.

However, he believes that the return of strict checks at ports and airports, along with some type of land checkpoint, is the most likely outcome.

He sits on the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which is to look into the future of the Border.

"We're probably going to go back to the arrangement that we had for the movement of people during the Troubles, where basically Heathrow Airport and Holyhead and places like that were points of maximum scrutiny," he said.

"I would hope there'll be relatively free movement of people across Ireland."

He said gantries or electronic checkpoints may be considered but he'd like any such checks to be "minimised".

Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan MP believes a physical border will have to be in place until new agreements on movement are reached.

Irish Independent

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