Readers' blog: Border patrols and customs between Ireland and Britain

Readers' blog: Border patrols and customs between Ireland and Britain

I don’t know what Leo Varadkar is talking about when he’s commenting on the border, he obviously doesn’t travel between the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland to mainland Britain very often, because there is a border.

I can give you a few simple examples of my experience in 2017.

The last three times I have travelled I have been checked by — wait for it — Border Patrol/Customs.

Traveling through Cairnryan going to Belfast I was stopped, questioned and asked to show what I was carrying in my van and show my passport.

In Holyhead I was stopped and questioned as I was departing to return to Dublin. 

When I informed them that there were people trying to get into vehicles to be smuggled across their only question was: “Are they black?” 

When I said no the conversation finished. 

Obviously it must be a regular happening and they don’t mind if smuggled people go to Ireland as illegals, it means they don’t have to deal with them.

Readers' blog: Border patrols and customs between Ireland and Britain

I was stopped in Holyhead after arriving from Dublin and I was asked for my passport and had to open van and explain my reason for being there. 

A few days later coming into Dublin I was stopped by customs.

Amazing! This has more or less been the way anytime I have made these trips, so I don’t know why our Irish politicians are being so ignorant to the British, probably because they need to show that they are good little Europeans. 

Well, they are not representing me.

There are very simple solutions to Brexit regarding customs. 

We can have trucks fitted with barcodes and then scanned the same way you drive around the M50, in a few years we will have driverless trucks and technology is advanced enough to solve this.

There are many options but I seem to hear politicians scaremongering, and God forbid anyone to say they believe Brexit is a good thing.

David Hennessy

Lansdowne Village

Dublin

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