Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy MLA has today rejected British government plans to hire British Border Force officials to monitor the British border in Ireland as a result of Brexit.
The Newry Armagh MLA said:
“With this British Border Force recruitment drive, the British government are clearly planning to impose their hard Brexit border across the island of Ireland.
“It shows that the Tories see a hard border as the predetermined outcome of the Brexit negotiations despite the fact they have already agreed to an option to avoid it.
“There can be no Tory-DUP Brexit border across Ireland. This is a deeply damaging, disruptive and dangerous position, rejected overwhelmingly by the people of this island.
“It also points to the Tory-DUP pact’s growing disregard for the Good Friday Agreement, which allows citizens to determine their own identity free from discrimination.
“Not only are they ignoring the democratic expressions of Irish citizens, they’re also actively excluding them by reserving these posts solely for citizens with British passports.
“This is naked discrimination of a public sector position, and a statement of intent to impose a Brexit border in Ireland. Sinn Féin reject both these discriminatory plans unreservedly.”
It emerged earlier this week that the position of these British Brexit Border Force personnel would all be the holders of a British passport. We are truly heading back to the bad old days. Please prepare for Brexit in whatever you can because it is going to be detrimental to the border areas and to Ireland as a whole.
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