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 Post subject: Yachting Monthly: E-Borders to be 'voluntary'
PostPosted: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 09:04:38 +0000 
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E-Borders to be 'voluntary'

* Mon, 4 Jan 2010
* Richard Durham

Cutters will focus on yachts which ignore scheme

The controversial e-Borders scheme in which yachtsmen faced heavy fines and even imprisonment for failing to provide 'crew data' is now likely to be run on a voluntary basis, the Home Office told Yachting Monthly today.

Yachtsmen who offered their personal details to the UK Border Agency before a voyage are likely to be left alone, the spokeswoman said. Those who do not will naturally be of more interest to the five high-speed cutters which will patrol the country's coastline.

The shock news follows a Home Affairs Select Committee report of its investigation into the Government's £1.2 billion programme. The report concluded that 'the e-Borders programme is likely to be illegal under the EU Treaty'.


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