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Re: I kow this is all of our making
I was just a PM and so not involved too much in policy but I donít think anyone really knows what will happen. The brexiteers are right that the civil service is probably remain leaning as we can see what a disaster itís going to be but we will still implement policy as instructed. Too bad itís all over the place with poor leadership from the very top.
Two things to note......
As I understand it, If we offer tariff free trade on the border to keep it open then under WTO rules then we must offer all other countries the same arrangements. Why would anyone do a trade deal with us as they already would get good terms.
Secondly, the EU is worried substandard non EU approved goods would make it into the EU through the Irish border if no hard border!
Bit of a mess!
but if we leave with no deal and, as we have promised not install any border infrastructure, what will the EU/RoI do, dont you think they will find a solution that avoids a hard border? I know Im asking a stupid question, i.e. the one thats stumping everyone, but i just cant see the EU actually trying to impose a hard border. Maybe they will make life very hard for us, until we either agree a backstop or similar?
Until last month I was working as a project manager in HMRC on customs projects. I think itís safe to say he is not as much as an ďexpertĒ as he claims or has an ulterior motive.
The sensitivities around the Irish border pose unique challenges to any ďtechnologicalĒ solutions.
Any trusted trader system which doesnít involve any checks would be highly open to additional smuggling and fraud as that already exists now (mainly vat fraud stuffs though Iím not an expert) that might threaten the integrity of the single market.
Just heard an interview with dutch customs expert Hans Hassen, he is pretty sure the solutions to the border are there and the alternative arrangements will negate the need for any hard border. My first reaction was...bullshit....but he knows a lot more about customs arrangements and borders than I do, arent I just being one of those people who disregards experts if what they say doesnt chime with my views, maybe?
If we do leave with no deal, wont RoI suddenly like the idea of the alternative arrangements and wont the EU find a way for there to be no hard border?
Im not saying I am certain about any of the above, but I can see why people might think the EU and remainers are using the issue.