How to protect both the UK border and EU Single Market in a post-Brexit world

5 Oct

Further to this piece of 19th September investigating the risk of increased smuggling across the Irish border after Brexit, we set out below a legally operable cross-agency operational plan to be established between the Customs and Enforcement Agencies of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the European Union to protect both the EU Single Market and […]

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It’s time for some statesmanship from Leo Varadkar

3 Oct

The path to a negotiated Brexit deal is now broadly dependent on the statesmanship of one man. The Prime Minister’s letter to the EU with a new Brexit offer has landed well in the UK with the support of the DUP, the ERG, Remain-supporting Tories, an important number of Labour MPs, even possibly some Liberal […]

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What is a border? Demystifying customs controls and checks in Northern Ireland

2 Oct

The UK Government has now made proposals for resolving the Irish border to the EU. They have been characterised as creating two borders for Northern Ireland, one with Ireland and one with Great Britain. In order to understand why this is not the threat that some suggest, we need to understand how borders have evolved […]

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How to ensure the island of Ireland is no ‘smugglers’ paradise’ post-Brexit

19 Sep

During a recent media interview, Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly said that in the event of Brexit, the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland would effectively promote a “smugglers charter” which would transform the Irish border to a “back door into Europe”. Other commentators have argued the risk of smuggling can […]

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Numerous checks on livestock already occur in Northern Ireland – but no additional border checks need be required post-Brexit

17 Sep

Imagine that I am a sheep farmer specialising in breeding, selling and exporting lambs in Armagh, Northern Ireland. I also buy lambs from local farms and markets, consolidating them into batches with my own lambs and arranging transport for the export to external markets. I export approximately 400 lambs every 2 days (an average of […]

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