Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said British Home office plans to recruit hundreds of additional Border Force Officers goes against its stated aim of avoiding a hard border in Ireland. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The British Home Office is currently recruiting 300 Border Force Officers, including an unknown number to be based in Belfast. 

“This is concerning as it appears to contradict the British government’s stated aim of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland as a result of Brexit. 

“The job duties for these posts include operating checkpoints and making decisions on the movement of people. 

“The recruitment of these officers also raises the prospect of the British government attempting to turn the north into one big border region in terms of immigration. 

“It is also concerning that to meet the criteria for these posts applicants will have had to have been a police officer, a former Border Force officer or have served in the British armed forces. 

“This also highlights the importance of ensuring that the communique agreed between the British government and the EU is legally enforced and fully implemented. 

“It reinforces the need for the north to have special status within the EU.”