Begley criticises stop and search border zone

West Tyrone MP Órfhlaith Begley has criticised proposed legislation which would create one mile border zone where the public would be stopped, searched and detained.
She said the controversial powers are contained in the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill.
“It is concerning that some parts of Strabane would fall into the proposed one mile border zone where the public could be stopped, searched and detained,” said the Sinn Féin MP.
“I would question the need for stop and search powers contained within this Bill. The concept of members of the public being stopped without due cause would be a disaster and run counter to human rights provisions.
“It would also be in contravention to the principles of the Good Friday Agreement and the European Common Travel Area. The British government who are co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement seem to be preparing for a hard border in Ireland.
“This contradicts the assurances given by the British government to the European Union last December. The Irish government and the EU 27 cannot allow them to renege on those guarantees. There is an onus on them to ensure there is no hardening of the border in Ireland.”

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