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Work on Ulster border control posts ‘halted’

[ March 1, 2021   //   ]

Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister Gordon Lyons has ordered officials to stop work on new permanent border control posts for food and agricultural goods and has called for a halt to staff recruitment, the BBC reports.

Existing temporary BCPs will continue to operate.

Stormont ministers have requested an emergency meeting of the NI Executive over the move.

Mr Lyons said says he is responding to “practical difficulties” caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Earlier in the year, it was reported that border post staff at Larne and Belfast had been withdrawn from the two ports on Monday following threats made against them. Checks were suspended after graffiti appeared on walls opposing the Northern Ireland Protocol and suggesting that border control staff could be targeted. Staff reported suspicious activity including attempts to gather information such as vehicle number plates.

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