‘NI Affairs Committee kept in the dark about post-Brexit Irish border security review’ by Sammy MacNally


The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee appear to have no knowledge of the Brexit border security review provided by the intelligence services to the Norther Ireland Office.

When asked to confirm their knowledge of the security review a Committee official responded.

“I’m not aware of the review you mention, but we will look into the matter.”

In a reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Northern Ireland Office confirmed that they had received a review of the impact of Brexit on the Security of the Irish Border and that the NI Affairs Committee had been provided (in November 2016) with a written evidence paper titled “The future of the land border with the Irish Republic”.

…but it seems the NIO neglected to share the details of, or even the existence of, their own Security Review with the Committee as part of their submission.

Whether the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is anything more than an opportunity for British politicians to give the impression they understand Irish affairs is a matter of conjecture. But you might think their own government would at least try to keep them abreast of the more important matters unfolding across the Irish Sea?

It would appear not…


3 Responses to  ‘NI Affairs Committee kept in the dark about post-Brexit Irish border security review’ by Sammy MacNally

  1. Mark July 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    There’s a whole lot whom appear to know little about the impact of Brexit on the occupied part of our country Sammy.
    One of them being David Murphy whose article on the National broadcaster’s website this morning shows an appalling disinformation in respect of just how EU economics actually work.
    On security, it’s no longer as simple as once it was, the brit ‘intelligence’ services have substantially more to consider than they did in those good old day’s where the only problem was the Fenians.

  2. Sammy McNally July 1, 2017 at 6:38 pm #


    Agreed and the complexity of the border issue with the backdrop of a British government who are beholden to the DUP and the changing vagaries of the British parliament make it a a potentially very dangerous situation.

    • Mark July 2, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      Sammy, the good thing in all those vagaries is, one Jeremy Corbyn. The DUP are too well aware of the BLP position on reunifying Ireland, in the past that party was led by poor little rich boy’s, and those who had forgotten they were once committed radicals, now, we have a man leading this party, with an excellent Shadow Chanchellor, whom can, and would, remove their malign influence from our country, bringing about the Second Republic.
      I have made the point before that the ‘unionists’ in a all Ireland Dail would wield even more influence than they presently do in the brit Dail but, they’re just too thick to realise this, twenty years from the Good Friday Agreement and they still haven’t learned what’s in their best interest, all we can do is wait for them to die.