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    An initiative to shift the frontline of UK immigration controls to the ports and airports of Ireland was called "ridiculous" on Monday by an Irish member of the European Parliament.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire told The Guardian that London and Dublin would cooperate to strengthen Ireland’s external borders in order to combat illegal migration into the United Kingdom once it leaves the bloc.

    "Brexit has presented a huge amount of challenges for the Irish government in terms of the trading relationship with Britain both to the UK and between Northern Ireland and Ireland. To add on the task of immigration controls, I think is ridiculous," Matt Carthy was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it. Northern Ireland, along with Scotland and London, was among the main pro-remain areas of the country.


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