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Readers have been deeply skeptical of EU27 ability and willingness to enforce provisions of the WA. This, I maintain, is the result of relying almost exclusively on UK reportage which is wholly unreliable and a strange misconception that the UK would be the first third country, ever, from anywhere in the world, engaged in business with the EU.

I've responded to IE-NI (North-South) civil society/trade conferences to facilitate goods since publication of EU draft GFA protocol in '17. (See Sufficient Progress. Then as well, from time to time advisories from "government buildings" about modifications to citizens' benefits (eg. UK-Cyprus, UK-IE-NI) and port landings and deploy ~1,000 additional customs officers, while speculation poisoned the yella presses patrolling a border in the middle of the Irish Sea and bogus alternative arrangements.

tbh, telegraphing every police action to pirates hiding in the we wouldn't be the brightest strategy. Executive summary of competencies for "stakeholder", on the other hand, is always nice to know, but not mission critical.

The challenge for casually interested parties moving forward through UK separation is to record which "leaked" international customs in fact come to pass, regardless of WA ratification by UK. Like ThatBritGuy, my money's on EU finessing every.single.term of the WA set out.

Barnier informs the slow learners, again. We will only start work on alternative arrangements if the current deal is ratified. Ignorance of international law is not an affirmative defense.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 08:43:32 PM EST
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Ireland raises prospect of some no-deal Brexit checks near border
on goods coming from Northern Ireland in a "no deal" scenario.

"There will be checks on goods and live animals and, as far as possible, they will take place in ports, airports and at businesses," Varadkar said in a speech in Dublin, according to a transcript sent by his office. "But some may need to take place near the border. We are working out the details of this with the European Commission."

Checks `near Irish border' in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Varadkar warns
He said the common travel area will remain in place, but outlined the changes he expects.

"There will still be plenty of food on shelves but perhaps not all of the same brands," he said."When you fly into Ireland from Britain, you will no longer pass through the blue channel.

"You will have to choose the green or red one and pay any taxes that may be due.

Taoiseach promises financial supports for Brexit hit businesses in Budget
Proposals in recent days from the Ulster Unionist Party would be considered, said Mr Varadkar. These plans suggest a new north-south ministerial body could monitor and regulate trade across the border. It also proposed the creation of an offence in British law for knowingly transporting non-compliant goods to the EU. This would be a new type of insurance policy to protect the single market, former UUP leader Reg Empey has said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 10:16:59 PM EST
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Irish Times | Is this the final Brexit straw? Lyons Tea may disappear with no deal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 04:15:34 PM EST
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Well, that will certainly help Ireland's balance of trade, if at the expense of the Irish population. But it may well create many opportunities for Irish agriculture and business to create import substitution. The Irish may be short of goods to consume, but the (still) UK will suffer more unemployment as firms cut back on production that can no longer profitably be exported.

The loss of access to one's favorite tea would be mitigated by the consideration that it was, after all, a British tea. And Coke and Heinz could always be imported from the USA, though I do not know what the tariff implications might be. But the EU is committed to doing all it can to mitigate harm to Ireland from a BREXIT and waiving tariffs for import substitution for Ireland would be both cheap and satisfying.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 05:34:08 PM EST
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Ireland grows tea leaves?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 06:48:25 PM EST
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EU 'gradual approach' to border checks in no-deal Brexit - sources
It is understood a phased approach could be taken to how a no-deal situation is managed.

This would involve an initial period during which the Irish authorities carefully assess which checks are manageable and which are politically too sensitive in the immediate aftermath of a no-deal exit.

The Government could then make an assessment after several weeks or months which would be communicated to Brussels. If there remains a gap between limited compliance and full compliance with single market and customs rules, both sides would then work on how the gap can be bridged, taking all the "specificities" of the Irish border question into account. However, it is likely that the EU would resist an open-ended time gap in compliance.

EU27 already have indicated to comical effect willingness to overlook low-value "slippage"
It needn't be pretty at first to be effective

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 10:40:07 PM EST
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