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Hard border is vital to prevent past problems


Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

The effect on the Republic of the UK's Brexit vote could hardly have been imagined; indeed, it is almost as if the people of the UK should not be entitled to exercise their democratic rights to vote to leave the EU.

Their gripe is that there should not be a hard border for financial reasons; their concern is not for Northern Ireland, but to serve their own ends and no hard Brexit further facilitates the policy of both governments to betray the unionist people and bring about a united Ireland. The actions of the Irish government over the past 50 years and the open border which they by and large operated facilitated the murderers of the IRA.

As well as providing comfortable bases for the cut-throats by their inaction, successive Dublin governments, in effect, condoned the capture, torture and murder of many of the IRA victims in their state. There was certainly no hard border to prevent terrorism. The present financial facts are that the Republic is largely dependent on Britain for its exports and the obvious solution is for the Republic also to leave the EU. It is a fact that, at the time of the Euro crisis, the Republic needed a £3bn loan from the UK (which was not a party to the Euro), the capital of which has still not been discharged.

If the UK Government is foolish enough not to implement a hard border, just imagine some of the ramifications in the light of past experiences, such as smuggling and the abuse of EU payments. Would we be shocked if there were lorries crossing from the Republic full of immigrants to further stretch our public services?

Why do unionist politicians not challenge those in favour of a united Ireland to debate the health services in the Republic compared with Northern Ireland. Why is Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein so silent in respect of the cost of attending a GP in that haven of peace and prosperity? Unfortunately, the ineptitude of unionist politicians should not cause surprise in the light of the "Never, never, never" man's betrayal.

lyle cubitt

Ballymena, Co Antrim

Belfast Telegraph