Fears rise of hard border in Ireland after Brexit after old customs post is turned into construction site

Ireland has turned an old customs post on its border with the UK into a construction site, raising fears that it could soon be used to carry out checks on goods in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario. 

The site of the old customs post, which sits on the edge of the Republic of Ireland side of the border in the town of Lifford, was demolished and resurfaced earlier this year and a “keep out” sign has been fixed on the entrance. 

It comes after Northern Irish police on the other side of the border cancelled the sale of a  police station in Castlederg as a precautionary measure, in case backup forces were required to maintain order.  

Border communities fear that a return to checkpoints and customs posts…

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