World Briefs: No customs check at UK-Irish border

No customs check at UK-Irish border

LONDON • Britain will never accept a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom and that position will not change, a government spokesman said yesterday, referring to a plan for the Irish border.

Earlier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said an economic arrangement to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland could not be extended to the whole of Britain, as London proposes.

"The Prime Minister has been clear that we will never accept a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. We are also committed to maintaining the integrity of our own internal market. That position will not change," the spokesman said.


People smugglers open new Balkan route

TIRANA (Albania) • The number of migrants trying to reach Western Europe via Albania has leapt this year, with people smugglers opening a new Balkan route for those fleeing conflict or poverty in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Migrants gathered outside the Asylum Seekers Centre in Tirana said they wanted to find work in a variety of European Union countries, dodging police on the way there.

The flow of migrants heading for EU member Croatia across Albania and its northern neighbour Montenegro remains modest compared with the hundreds of thousands who took a route further to the east when the European migration crisis peaked in 2015.


Pilot dies after plane crashes in Melbourne

SYDNEY • A light plane crashed and burst into flames on a suburban backstreet of Melbourne, Australia, yesterday, killing the pilot and bringing down overhead powerlines, police said.

The plane came down on Scarlet St, Mordialloc, a narrow tree-lined street with single-storey houses about 25km from the centre of Australia's second-largest city, police officer Belinda Batty said in an e-mailed statement.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe