Cyprus: Military Bases

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on border access between the RAF bases Akrotiri and Dhekelia and Cyprus after the UK leave the EU.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As the Prime Minister stated in Parliament on 22 October 2018 (Official Report, column 648), a Protocol has now been developed for the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs), reflecting the constructive discussions between the UK, Republic of Cyprus and the EU. This will provide certainty for citizens, businesses and residents in the SBAs. We intend to maintain current arrangements for immigration checks for those entering the SBAs at the two crossing points from north Cyprus, which are recognised points of entry into the EU, and to ensure that no border controls are established between the SBAs in Akrotiri and Dhekelia and the Republic of Cyprus.

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