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Hard border will provoke ‘an eruption of civil disobedience’ Cameras and other installations would be at risk from dissident Republicans Raphael Hogarth. The Times. London. Saturday, April 7, 2018 The return of physical checks on the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland would cause an “eruption of civil disobedience”, it has been claimed. In an extensive project The Times has talked to communities along the border in Ireland as well as to those living on borders in six other European countries to investigate possible solutions. Residents in Ireland say that installing physical infrastructure such as cameras would incite violence. The Police Service of Northern Ireland believes that dissident republicans would see the infrastructure as “fair game” and would attack it in the same way as the IRA did customs posts during the Troubles. This view is shared by the Irish government. The British government has failed to convince business or customs experts that it has an alternative plan. Although the UK and the EU agreed last December to avoid any new “physical infrastructure” on the Irish border, Brexit talks remain deadlocked on the issue. Theresa May insists that the whole of the UK will leave the customs union and single market after Brexit, which Brussels says will “inevitably” lead to frictions in trade. It would result in the Republic and Northern Ireland charging different tariffs on goods crossing the border and they could have different rules on which goods are allowed into their markets. Declan Fearon, 60, of South Armagh, said that he campaigned against Brexit because he remembered “exactly what it was like” when customs posts in Ireland became terrorist targets before the creation of the European single market. “You think people will sit back and allow roads like these to be closed?” Mr Fearon said, standing on a footpath that connects a disused church in Northern Ireland with a graveyard in the Republic. “I’d like to take bets on how long those cameras would last. My God, when they were prepared to pull down army towers that were here, what would they do to a camera? A fellow in the pub told me the other night: ‘I’m almost 70 years of age, and I’d be the first one out to take them down’.” The British government has proposed an innovative “customs partnership” to avoid a hard border. Ministers say that the authorities can electronically track every good to its destination to determine tariffs, eliminating the need for border checks. HM Revenue & Customs says this system would take five to seven years to develop and industry is not convinced it is possible. The Times has found that the most advanced “smart” borders in Europe still involve physical infrastructure: • At Sweden’s border with Norway, which is inside the single market, there are x-ray machines to scan lorries for contraband, cameras to spot smugglers and uniformed officers perform checks • At France’s border with Switzerland, which participates in parts of the single market, businesses complain of queues, saying that it “takes an hour to an hour and a half” to fill out forms. • At Bulgaria’s border with Turkey, which is in a customs union with the EU, drivers can wait for up to 24 hours. The Brexit department said it was committed to avoiding a hard border “including related checks or controls”.

Posted By: April 07, 2018

Cameras and other installations would be at risk from dissident RepublicansRaphael Hogarth. The Times. London. Saturday, April 7, 2018 The return of physical checks on the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland would cause an “eruption of civil disobedience,” it has been claimed.In an extensive project, The Times has talked to communities along the border in Ireland as well as […]

Government rejects Trimble’s warnings over its Brexit stance

Posted By: April 07, 2018

Former first minister said Dublin’s Border remarks risk provoking paramilitariesFiach Kelly, Simon Carswell, Steven McCaffrey. Irish Times Leading Government and Opposition figures have rejected warnings from former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble that the Government’s Brexit strategy risks provoking loyalist paramilitaries.Mr. Trimble has claimed paramilitaries could become active because of “silly things” the Government is saying.“What is happening now is that people are […]

DUP’s Dodds hails report claiming Brexit will not require hard border in Ireland

Posted By: April 06, 2018

The report says Brexit will not restrict freedom of movementApril 5, 2018DUP MP Nigel Dodds has said that a new report from the Migration Advisory Committee has suggested that there will be no need for ‘border infrastructure’ in Northern Ireland following Brexit.The DUP deputy leader welcomed the assessment from the committee that immigration controls after the United Kingdom leaves […]

Arlene Foster’s pledge to leave Ireland “sad but not surprising”

Posted By: April 06, 2018

Arlene Foster was speaking to comedian Patrick Kielty for a documentaryJohn Manley. Belfast Telegraph. Friday, April 6,  2018. ALLIANCE leader Naomi Long has described suggestions by Arlene Foster that she would leave Ireland in the event of unification as “sad but not entirely surprising.”The DUP leader told Co Down-born comedian Patrick Kielty that she would “probably have to move” […]

DUP chief Arlene Foster “might leave” if border poll produced united Ireland

Posted By: April 05, 2018

DUP leader Arlene Foster Belfast Telegraph. April 5, 2018 DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that she might leave the country in the event of a United Ireland. The former First Minister was speaking on Patrick Kielty’s Documentary “My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me” aired on BBC One on Wednesday. Kielty’s dad Jack was […]

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