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Swedish railway operator suspends services to Denmark over controversial ID checks

All public transport operators that bring people into Sweden are now required to check that passengers have a photo ID

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Swedish railway operator suspends services to Denmark over controversial ID checks

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The state rail operator in Sweden is suspending passenger services to and from Denmark, saying it can’t comply with new rules to carry out identity checks.

Many people commute daily between the two countries, and the rail operator says it would not have enough time to meet the demands of the government, which is trying to stem an influx of migrants.

All public transport operators that bring people into Sweden are now required to check that passengers have a photo ID, otherwise they face fines.

The new rules will be enforced from January the 4th.

This comes as a Member of the European Parliament from Denmark’s ruling party defects to the opposition in protest at another controversial immigration measure.

The government plans to seize valuables from refugees and asylum seekers as they enter the country, to help pay for their stay.