Frontier can’t be post-Brexit catalyst for crime or new border campaign, Foster and McGuinness warn May

How the north/ south border looked in some areas in the 1970s and 1980s. Pacemaker
How the north/ south border looked in some areas in the 1970s and 1980s. Pacemaker
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The First and Deputy First Ministers, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness, have written to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, warning her the frontier between Londonderry and Donegal cannot be allowed to become a catalyst for crime or the focus of a new border campaign by the dissident IRAs in the wake of Brexit.

In a carefully worded letter dispatched on Wednesday, August 10, the two border-dwelling Ministers warned Mrs May of the sensitivities around the political boundary

“There have been difficult issues relating to the border throughout our history and the peace process,” they warned.

“We therefore appreciate your stated determination that the border will not become an impediment to the movement of people, goods and services.

“It must not become a catalyst for illegal activity or compromise in any way the arrangements relating to criminal justice and tackling organised crime. It is equally important that the border does not create and incentive for those who would wish yo undermine the peace process and/or the political settlement,” the Ministers added.