UK foolish not to have hard border

Think of the ramifications of a soft border for smuggling and other problems
Think of the ramifications of a soft border for smuggling and other problems

The effect on the Republic of Ireland of the Brexit Vote in the UK 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.

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The actions of the Eire Government over the past 50 years and the open border which they by and large operated facilitated the murderers of the PIRA.

It was not unknown for the Garda to wave the escaping murderers through. 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 PIRA victims in their state.

There was certainly no hard border to prevent terrorism and yet for the sake of a few sheep every crossing between the Republic and Northern Ireland could be manned by Garda/the Army.

The only conclusion which can be drawn is that a sheep was more important than a human life; what hypocrisy.

The present financial facts are that the Republic is largely dependent on Britain for its exports and the obvious solution is for the Republic to also leave the EU.

At the time of the euro crisis the Republic needed a multi billion pound 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 the 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 Mr 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 the unionist politicians should not cause surprise in the light of the ‘Never Never Never’ man’s betrayal.

Lyle Cubitt, Ballymena