Tech­nol­ogy ex­ists to solve bor­der prob­lem

Western Morning News - - Letters -

I am amazed that such an idea, drag­ging in the

Cus­toms Union has been se­ri­ously pro­posed by our side. But the whole idea is to keep us in it to neu­tralise any com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage over the EU in the fu­ture.

Ire­land has a bor­der, and chooses to re­main in the EU. They never had any guar­an­tee the UK would not leave at some point, so it’s rea­son­able to ask that some con­ces­sion be made to the re­al­ity of this back­ground, by all con­cerned.

I do not know the de­tails of the Good Fri­day Agree­ment. But it’s been pointed out reg­u­larly the tech­nol­ogy ex­ists to deal with all the as­pects of trad­ing across in­ter­na­tional borders, be­hind the scenes and “in­vis­i­bly“, as I un­der­stand the mean­ing of the word.

If lor­ries are cross­ing the UK from non-EU coun­tries with goods for the Ir­ish Repub­lic, I don’t see why any cus­toms re­quire­ments can’t be dealt with elec­tron­i­cally, as is the case al­ready. But, surely, the vast ma­jor­ity of trade traf­fic will be lor­ries pass­ing through the (now non-EU) UK from the EU main­land. In the ab­sence of cus­toms or tar­iff re­quire­ments, the only need might be for them to be tracked and in­de­pen­dently “bonded” with a large lock to en­sure the ar­range­ment is strictly kept to.

I can not see how elec­tronic, in­ter­net-man­aged, bor­der trad­ing ar­range­ments can se­ri­ously be de­scribed as a “hard bor­der“, ex­cept by those look­ing to de­rail Brexit by any pos­si­ble means.

Ian Phillips


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