News that the PSNI is cancelling leave for its officers as part of its Brexit preparations is further evidence of the possible consequences of a crash Brexit, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Raymond McCartney has said.
The Foyle MLA was commenting after it was reported the PSNI has instructed its membership over leave restrictions in October-November as part of its Brexit planning.
Raymond McCartney said: “This is another extremely concerning development regarding the possible consequences of a crash Brexit and its impact on Ireland.
“The British Government’s own planning paper, Operation Yellowhammer, warned of the prospect of protests, roadblocks, undermining of the Good Friday Agreement and the potential for violence caused by a hard border.
“The fact that the PSNI is restricting leave around the planned Brexit date clearly indicates that they also fear the potential implications of the kind of crash Brexit the Tories and DUP continue to drive us all towards.
“The PSNI have made it clear that they will not be policing any border. But neither should they or An Garda Síochána be placed in a situation where they have to police bad political decisions, taken by the British Government against the wishes of the people and which result in a Brexit border on this island.
“The British Government and the DUP need to step back from the Brexit brink. They need to listen to the police, to the business community, to farmers, families and ordinary people right across the island who are warning of the untold damage that their reckless agenda will do to our economy and our hard won peace process.”