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Would you support Ireland ending the common travel area with Britain?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 98 ✭✭Margaret Clarke


    The Irish passport is arguably the best in Europe if not, the world. Not only does it allow access to the free market of the European Union and EEA, but also the United Kingdom. No other citizenship (to my knowledge) offers such a privilege.

    A Danish passport for example will allow access to the EU but not the UK.



  • Registered Users Posts: 611 ✭✭✭Fuascailteoir


    The Irish government definitely should have consulted the British government regarding the policy on migration though. Or at the very least provided detailed information to them prior to any announcements. The CTA should be protected as there are such close links between Ireland and Britain that it would be a disaster if it was relinquished.



  • Registered Users Posts: 19,404 ✭✭✭✭road_high


    Like the protocol, they can check passports etc at the GB points of entry



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,356 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus


    The CTA arrangements apply only to Irish and British Citizens. The CTA doesn't give, e.g., a Ukrainian citizen admitted to Ireland the right to enter the UK, or vice versa.

    For that reason neither government accepts, or has ever accepted, that it has an obligation to consult, or obtain the consent of, the other in relation to their respective migration policies for third countries. The UK government doesn't afford this to Ireland, and doesn't expect it from Ireland.

    Beside, why all the fuss about Ukrainians? There is a much, much, much bigger discrepancy between the migration policies of the UK and Ireland. 520 million EU/EEA citizens have a right of entry and a right of abode in Ireland, with no corresponding right the UK. That's a discrepancy willingly introduced by the UK, by its own free choice to Brexit, and by its further choice to make that a hard Brexit. If the CTA can survive that, the UK would attract ridicule and derision if it were now to claim that Ireland's decision to admit Ukrainian refugees was too much.



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