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No-deal Brexit risks violence in Northern Ireland, MPs warn MI5

Security committee says MI5 cannot afford to cut counter-terrorism resources in region

MI5 cannot afford to cut resources devoted to countering terrorism in Northern Ireland because of the risk of a rise in violence in the event of a hard or no-deal Brexit, parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) has warned.

The watchdog said dissident republicanism remained resilient, actively recruiting young members, and could inflame further if “border infrastructure” were to reappear along the frontier with the Republic of Ireland.

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