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Brexit protest brings traffic to a halt

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Brexit protest brings traffic to a halt thumbnailSEAMUS McDonnell as a Customs man challenges the three farmers about their cargo of pigs and their memories about the queues in years gone by.

THE reality of a what a "hard brexit" may look like along the border was vividly brought home to motorists on the M1 on Saturday.

With fears gathering that the UKs exit from the European Union may lead to the placing of checkpoints between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the group Border Communities Against Brexit staged a well-planned protest.

And so, traffic was brought to a virtual standstill with protesters staging a noisy motorway crawl near Dundalk, using lorries and tractors.

To bring home the point that crossing the border post-brexit may not be as easy an exercise as it has become, protesters got theatrical.

Thus, mock border control officials waved down traffic in front of a pretend customs hut, with the backdrop a cacophony of horn blowing exasperated drivers waving "travel" documents.

Kitchen maker and demonstration organiser for Border Communities Against Brexit, Declan Fearon, said: "We are really in the eye of the storm of Brexit and we intend to make sure that this does not happen.

“We never want to see this community going back to what it was before."

“The people here do not want to contemplate the reinstatement of spikes and roads being closed and of customs checkpoints and it looks like that is where we are going."

Mr Fearon said protesters were trying to make their voices heard in London and Dublin.

“It seems as if Theresa May and the British Government have no intention of listening to us," he insisted.

“They would not contemplate any assurances or guarantees that the Good Friday Agreement would not be injured or changed in any way as a result of Brexit.

“They don't seem to have any of our interests here along the border at heart and we want to make sure our voices are heard as far and wide as possible."

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