What op­tions re­main?

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

In a “soft Brexit” plan, the U.K. could stay in the EU cus­toms union. It’s un­likely, though, that May will agree to that, be­cause it would in­volve ac­cept­ing EU reg­u­la­tions and court ju­ris­dic­tion and re­strict Bri­tain’s abil­ity to ne­go­ti­ate trade deals with other coun­tries. The more likely out­come is some ver­sion of the “hard Brexit” sce­nario, in which the U.K. would es­tab­lish a free trade agree­ment with the EU (like the one the EU has with Canada), so there would be no tar­iffs. The U.K. would set its own reg­u­la­tions and im­mi­gra­tion and trade pol­icy. The U.K. and EU would have to in­sti­tute cus­toms and reg­u­la­tory checks at bor­ders. To cir­cum­vent the North­ern Ire­land bor­der prob­lem, May hopes that check­points there can be avoided through some high-tech scan­ning tech­nol­ogy yet to be in­vented.

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