Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says border chaos is fast becoming a circus, with problem spreading from port to port
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has condemned the “chaos at our borders”, after Stansted passengers faced “unacceptably long” immigration queues at the beginning of the bank holiday weekend.
Cooper said border control problems were being shunted from port to port, amid reports that disgruntled passengers were delayed for up to two hours at passport control on Friday evening.
The delays were a repeat of scenes at Heathrow airport, where there have been queues of up to three hours.
A Stansted spokesman said the UK Border Force needed to take urgent action to address the long waits. “The majority of passengers arriving at Stansted pass through border controls quickly and securely. However, at peak times, and similar to many other UK airports, immigration queues can be unacceptably long,” he said.
The airport said queues were shorter on Saturday.
Cooper said: “The chaos at our borders is clearly spreading to port after port – damaging our global reputation and our security too.
“This is becoming a circus, with staff being shunted from port to port to try and keep up because they cut so many in the first place without a back-up plan.”