Wednesday 20 September 2017

Look to Sweden and Norway for how to handle our border controls after Brexit

'It’s an awful lot easier for an Irish citizen to enter the British capital – at the moment – than it is for an Irish citizen to return to Ireland via the Irish capital. Ironic.' Stock photo
'It’s an awful lot easier for an Irish citizen to enter the British capital – at the moment – than it is for an Irish citizen to return to Ireland via the Irish capital. Ironic.' Stock photo
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Every month I experience the "Common Travel Area" between Britain and Ireland which is now - rightly - upheld as such a necessary part of trade and economic relations.

That is, I take a monthly flight from a London airport to Dublin: but the openness of the travel area is a lot more evident at the London end than it is at the Dublin end of my journey.

When I arrive in Dublin, I queue up with all the other citizens from 28 EU countries and submissively wait my turn to go through the barriers staffed by gardaí.

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