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Brexit border controls must be made uniform

Thursday, September 28, will mark the 105th anniversary of Ulster Day when Ulstermen and women signed the Ulster Covenant opposing home rule.

 As someone who attended the 100th anniversary at Stormont in 2012, I hope that the first Ulster Day in 1912 and those since were not in vain.

There are those today within the Irish Goverment and Sinn Fein trying to use Brexit as a means to achieve a "United Ireland" by default, by wanting a customs-free border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic once the UK leaves the European Union.

The front page of my passport refers to the UK as being the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we are either one country or we are not. When we leave the EU I would expect the same customs arrangements that will apply to England, Scotland and Wales to also apply to Northern Ireland - in other words if there are customs/border controls at the Port of Dover or at Heathrow and Glasgow international airports, then I would expect the same at Belfast International Airport and along the Irish border. To do otherwise means that the Union is dead and that Sinn Fein and the IRA have won.

James Annett

London

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