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Mock Irish border checkpoint built for Brexit protest [Photos]

Border Communities Against Brexit built mock border on the old Dublin Road outside Newry Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Border Communities Against Brexit built mock border on the old Dublin Road outside Newry Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland anti Brexit signage is seen on the border crossing on the old Dublin Road outside Newry. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald(centre) pictured at the mock border checkpoint with the party's Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill(right). Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald(centre) with Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill(right) and party MEP Martina Anderson help smash through the mock border checkpoint. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Four-year-old Neil McGenity from Drumintee near the border in Co. Armagh pictured at the protest with EU stars painted on his face. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Sinn Fein Northern leader Michelle O'Neill(centre) looks on as parry President Mary Lou McDonald takes a selfie with farmers (L-R) Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Left to right. Farmers Brendan Mclaughlin, Shane McNally and Ryan Gallagher at the protest with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Border Communities Against Brexit stage protest on the old Dublin Road outside Newry. The group made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Border Communities Against Brexit staged protest on the old Dublin Road outside Newry. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 26th January 2019 Ahead of the Brexit deadline and the question over what will happen to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the group Border Communities Against Brexit came together on the old Dublin Road outside Newry where they staged a protest. The made a mock British Army border checkpoint man by British soldiers as it once would have looked during the troubles which they proceeded to knock down. They also staged a mock costumes post. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
An armed ‘soldier’ mans a lookout tower in the mocked-up border checkpoint (Brian Lawless/PA)
Hundreds of people joined the protest at the border near Carrickcarnan, Co Louth (Brian Lawless/PA)
Actors in military fatigues take part in an anti-Brexit rally at the Irish border (Brian Lawless/PA)
The protest saw actors in military fatigues playing the role of soldiers manning a wall at the border (Brian Lawless/PA)

Hundreds of protesters have warned Theresa May that a hard Irish border risks destroying Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace.

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