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Pressure group welcomes Brown's e-border stance

There are concerns that e-border changes could lead to tighter controls for people travelling from the Isle of Man to the United Kingdom.

A House of Lords Select Committee has been looking at the issue and its report contains concerns which are being highlighted by Chief Minister Tony Brown.

He says the Island wasn't properly consulted or told it would be dealt with the same way in legislative terms as the Republic of Ireland, which is a foreign state.

Mr Brown is also pointing out that a proposed clause would introduce a power to establish fixed border controls.

Positive Action Group spokesman Tristram Llewelyn-Jones is applauding the chief minister for his tough stance (play attached audio file):

The recently formed UK Border Agency brings together a number of former government bodies dealing with immigration, visas and related issues, in an integrated border control body.

Electronic border control systems (e-border) include the the use of biometric data.

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