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Laura Perrins: Our border guards might have to do some work for a change


The post-Brexit scare stories are proving very entertaining – I can’t wait to hear what they will come up with next. So far we have had – ‘there will be Calais like immigration camps in Kent if we leave the EU’. The French themselves comprehensively debunked this.

Tuesday was another classic – ‘Check Point Charlie style border points will be erected along the Northern Irish-Republic border’ to limit the hordes of Irish that will be pouring over post-Brexit. We don’t know why so many Irish will be heading to Belfast but I do hope they bring some of that Euro bailout money with them.

We are also told that passport control will be introduced for, I assume, Irish nationals (like myself) returning to the Republic at the ports of Liverpool or Holyhead. We go back to Ireland most holidays and if my passport happens to get checked that is a price I am willing to pay. It is pretty minor, is it not, for the chance to govern ourselves and return to democratic rule? So do excuse me if I am not scared out of voting to leave, if it happens to cost me 20 minutes of my time every summer.

This is similar to the claim a border official made on Monday morning on the Today programme. He said we should prepare ourselves for queues (queues!) at border control as passports will have to be checked once again. In fact, he added rather fearfully, if there is no longer free movement of people perhaps a visa system will be introduced. Is that a promise?

Is this really the best the Innies can come up with – passport checks and queues?

Boo-hoo to the border control man who might now have to do some actual work instead of just sitting there and waving his hand while stuffing his face with a doughnut.

Goodness, how difficult it will be for you all to have to implement some actual limits on immigration starting with border control. Perhaps you will need to hire more staff – paid for by the £350 million a week we no longer have to send down the swanny to Brussels.

In addition, there is the threat of visa checks. You mean immigrants might actually have to obtain a visa before entering Britain, and we could limit those who get these visas? You mean to say that we could set up a system that required skilled immigrants who must meet the needs of business? People could enter on grounds other than their nationality?

And the In campaign are trying to sell this as a negative?

This is one of the main reasons why people are for a Brexit – so Britain can control who comes in to the country and on what grounds. Thanks for making it clear that this is what will in fact happen post Brexit. We are all agreed on that point then.

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