Editorial Commentary: We know it could work, but we don’t want you to gain your ‘freedom’ to do trade deals or stop having to contribute £bns to the EU!
The big question this week, as the EU negotiators emulate De Gaulle’s ‘Non’ to a technological solution to the RoI – NI border post-Brexit, is why are the EU’s negotiators ignoring the EU’s own research if they are being ‘honest’ in their negotiations?
European Parliament Think tank - Smart Border 2.0 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for customs control and the free movement of persons:
“One of the most politically-sensitive aspects of the current ‘Brexit’ negotiations is the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. In many respects, the Irish border is unique, with some 200 possible crossing points along the 500km border. Managing such a porous border in the event that the UK, following Brexit, does not participate in a customs union with the EU, thus becoming an external EU border, presents significant challenges for the EU and UK alike.
In order to analyse the various options, on 26 November 2017, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs organised a workshop for the AFCO Committee to examine this question. As part of this, Lars Karlsson, a former director at the World Customs Organisation, proposed a solution in his paper ‘Smart Border 2.0’”.
At the end of the Study Summary on page 11 it says; “It is possible to implement a Customs & Borders Solution that meet the requirements of the EU Customs legislation (Union Customs Code) and procedures …. If using a combination of international standards, global best practices and state of the art technology …..