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New Statesman - Stephen Bush - The Irish border question shows the government is living in a Brexit fantasy world

How do you solve a problem like the Irish border? It's the question that Brexiteers can't avoid tackling.

Bluntly, if you have divergence on goods, agriculture and many other regulatory areas you have to have some form of customs checks. And while those checks might largely be done via camera or - let's give the Brexiteers the benefit of the doubt - new technologies like drones or old ones like Zeppelins, the nature of customs checks is that you have to have customs officials who will have to go out and enforce those rules.

For all that those in Westminster talk about the conflict in Northern Ireland as a "finished" issue, there are still occasional acts of terrorist violence. On the border, signs are regularly defaced, and occasionally shot at. Whichever customs apparatus is put on the border, it will come under attack: whether from a drunken idiot throwing a brick or letting off a shot, or a deliberate attack. And so, at some point, will customs officials.

Then it's a question of what you do next.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 11th, 2018 at 01:18:58 PM EST
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