Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Europe: stay or leave. Focus on fact - 9
At the centre of the Brexit campaign is the claim that we will 'take control' of our borders it we leave Europe.
Today's fact: The UK will NOT take control of its borders if we leave Europe.
If we leave, the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic will then become the border between the UK and the EU, and the Brexiters have promised it will remain as open as it is today.
So any EU citizen who wants to enter the UK will simply have to take a bus or a train, or drive, cycle or walk across the border from the Republic into Northern Ireland on one of the hundreds of roads that cross it. There will be no customs, no checkpoints, no border controls.