Irish committee assesses e-border proposalshttp://www.manxradio.com/news.aspx
A series of measures which would allow the Isle of Man to be included inside the United Kingdom's new e-borders security system are being studied by Northern Ireland's Human Rights Commission. The Manx government is proposing legislation which would mean air and sea routes between the Island and the UK wouldn't be subject to the screening of all travellers.
This is pure spin. There is a public consultation in the Isle of Man about the UKBA's latest attempt to impose 'passports in country':Moves to include Island inside UK e-borderhttp://www.gov.im/ConsultationDetail.gov?id=152
The Government press releases indicate that legislation is being created to create checks between the Isle of Man and Southern Ireland only. However, the actual Statutory Instrument contains the vires for checks in all directions from the Isle of Man across the Irish Sea. This does present as the first stage in an incremental approach to building up internal 'passports in country' identity checks across the British Isles by a series of Statutory Instruments.
The point the Northern Irish are raising is that this goes against the Good Friday Agreement as it would mean telling British Citizens in Ulster that they need to present a passport to leave the province. This is a serious political gaff by the UKBA. The very last thing they should be doing is placing pressure on tensions within the community.Moderation:
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