Blacklion councillor says latest visa proposals show British government does not understand the border

A Cavan councillor says the British government’s proposals for non-Irish EU citizens to require a visa to cross the border again shows that it has no real understanding of the border in Ireland.

Fianna Fail Councillor John Paul Feehily was speaking as the Good Friday Committee announced it had written to Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis with its concerns over the proposed new visa requirement.

The requirement for an Electronic Travel Authorisation is part of a new post-Brexit immigration Nationality and Borders Bill that is expected to come into force in 2025.

Last week, British MPs voted down an amendment to remove the visa requirement.

Mr Lewis has said the system will not lead to checks along the border and that the Common Travel Area will not be affected.

However, Cllr Feehily says it is unclear how such a system would work.