Sunday 17 December 2017

Nearly half of Britons back border passport checks

About 45pc of voters in Britain would support having passport checks in place between the UK and Ireland following a ‘hard Brexit’, a new survey suggests. Stock Photo: PA
About 45pc of voters in Britain would support having passport checks in place between the UK and Ireland following a ‘hard Brexit’, a new survey suggests. Stock Photo: PA

Colm Kelpie and Kevin Doyle

About 45pc of voters in Britain would support having passport checks in place between the UK and Ireland following a 'hard Brexit', a new survey suggests.

Just 29pc are opposed to the idea while 71pc back reintroducing customs checks on people and goods coming into the UK from the EU.

The survey of what voters want from the Brexit vote, published yesterday, also found that nine in 10 people favour the UK remaining part of the single market.

But seven in 10 want to place limits on the number of people from the EU who come to the UK to live and work, according to the study by London-based NatCen Social Research.

Professor John Curtice, senior research fellow at NatCen, said voters felt that the UK's exit from the EU shouldn't necessarily be a choice between a 'hard' or a 'soft' withdrawal. "Rather, many back options on both menus," he added.

Read more: Brexit talks will take 'a lot longer' than two years as countries view each other with suspicion - Eurogroup head

It came as the head of the Eurogroup of Eurozone finance ministers predicted that Brexit negotiations would take a lot longer than two years.

Theresa May's cabinet also held a special meeting yesterday to discuss Brexit strategy ahead of the North South Ministerial Council tomorrow.

It was agreed to proceed with a series of 'sectoral' meetings linked to the All Island Civic Dialogue that took place earlier this month, focusing on agrifood, education and research, child protection and rights, SME issues, tourism and hospitality, energy, welfare rights and mobility and transport.

A second plenary of the All-Island Civic Dialogue is scheduled to take place in the New Year.

Irish Independent

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