The UK has an obsession with the CTA and has a notion that Ireland wants to maintain it due, maybe, to the land border on thos island. I entered the UK twice recently and must say that my second was far more pleasant than my first.
I arrived in Stansted on Monday and noted that the old system of presenting one's alighting (original boarding!) document had to be presented to the civilian checkers to get into the baggage hall thus bypassing the long rows of immigration booths with absolutely no customers at that particular time......08h30. Then around the corner were two police officers seeking passports...giving the impression that they were just doing a spot check on a batch of arrival passengers traveling within the so-called CTA. I explained that i was not prepared to comply until I had queried their activities and was asked to sit on the (only) one very comfortable chair provided until they had time to talk to me..... I was quoted the internal Schengen law that permitted them to engage in these non permanent checks that I understood, cannot be used by non Schengen countries but I will check this out with the European Commission. Their check was also because of the occasional abuse of the CTA arrangement where clandestines exchange boarding cards in the passage on the way up from flights that arrive from different countries outside UK/Ireland. It was a pleasant discussion but I am bemused to note that the UK uses the EU when it suits them........ (not so Dublin Garda but more on that some other time..)
On leaving Stansted there were no police or immigration checks but I did notice that the police have desks, after hand baggage security check, available to operate Section 7 on ALL departing passengers where necessary.They were not in use yesterday. The use of Section 7 (2000 Act) implies that each person going through this check/control is considered to have been a potential terrorist so it has to be treated very seriously.
The previous entry/exit at Holyhead 'report' will have to wait.......