Cherilyn Mackrory -  “Brexit is a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen our border security”

Cherilyn Mackrory, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Truro and Falmouth, has welcomed a number of measures confirmed this evening that would strengthen the UK’s border security under a future Conservative majority government

Five key border security changes a majority Conservative Government would make after Brexit are:

  1. Introduce collection of pre-arrival goods data to stop smuggling and reduce £5 billion revenue leakage - this is on top of £20 million pledged to improve security, and additional Border Force recruitment
  2. Power to stop EU criminals at the border once we have ended free movement
  3. Stop use of European ID cards that are regularly used fraudulently given their insecurity vs. passports
  4. Count people in and out so that we know who and how many people are in the country, and to identify individuals who have breached the terms of their visa and restrict illegal immigration
  5. Introduce Electronic Travel Authorisation to provide an enhanced ability to screen arrivals and block threats from entering the UK 
  6. Brexit provides a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the security of the UK border. Once we have left the EU we will be free of EU customs union and free movement rules. These rules have made it easier for illicit goods such as drugs, guns and explosive precursors, as well as illegal immigrants and terrorists to enter the UK, as well as costing the Treasury an estimated £5 billion each year due to excise, customs and tariff evasion. 

 

Commenting, Cherilyn said:

“Brexit provides a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the security of the UK border.”

“Once we have left the EU we will be free of the EU customs union and free movement rules. These rules have made it easier for illicit goods such as drugs, guns and explosive precursors, as well as illegal immigrants and terrorists to enter the UK, as well as costing the Treasury an estimated £5 billion each year due to excise, customs and tariff evasion.”

“In this, as well as many other areas, Brexit allows the UK sovereignty and autonomy over major issues that impact our way of life. A vote for me on 12 December is a vote to respect the country’s vote to Leave the EU in 2016 and get Brexit done, so we can move on and take back control.”

Commenting, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: 

“When people voted to leave in 2016 they were voting to take back control of our borders. After Brexit we will introduce an Australian-style points based immigration system and take steps to strengthen our border and improve the security of the UK.”

“The consequence of EU law limiting our border capability is brought home to me every day. It is a sad fact that drugs and guns reach our streets from Europe, fuelling violence and addiction. People traffickers don’t think twice about risking people’s lives for profit. And most shockingly of all we know that terrorists have been able to enter the country by exploiting free movement.”

“I am committed to doing everything we can to secure the border and protect the UK.”