UK authorities open ‘strictly closed’ border with Irish in wake of UK referendum

The UK has opened a “strict” border with Ireland, which is expected to increase pressure on the EU to ease border controls.

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are expected to sign an agreement on a joint plan on border controls and the relocation of people who want to stay in the UK.

Mr Juncker has promised to take up the issue of migrants and refugees in the run-up to Britain’s exit from the European Union in the coming days.

A number of people have been allowed to cross the border from Ireland into the UK, including thousands of children and young people who are in the process of leaving the country.

Theresa May will meet Mr Juncker on Wednesday to discuss the joint plan to relocate refugees.

Irish border officials said they would enforce strict border controls in the immediate area, including fences around the Dover and Dover Castle ports of entry, and on all roads leading into the country, including motorways.

A large number of vehicles will also be turned back from Dover to Calais, where many migrants have been travelling from.

A spokesperson for the European Border Agency said: “In order to ensure the health of the UK’s border guards, we will not allow vehicles to pass through.

They added: “The operation will continue until the UK has withdrawn from the EU.””

We have no plans to change this.”

They added: “The operation will continue until the UK has withdrawn from the EU.”