Friday, 3 February 2017

The Irish Times: Theresa May cares little about Ireland’s Brexit worries

The Irish Times: Theresa May cares little about Ireland’s Brexit worries

by Noel Whelan

"On Wednesday morning, when the committee took evidence from two EU customs and international trade experts, Michael Lux and Eric Pickett, Independent Unionist MP Sylvia Hermon reminded them of May’s expressed wish for a “frictionless” and “seamless Border”, and asked the witnesses, “Is that possible?”

“These are nice words,” Lux said before making it clear that while Britain would be free to do whatever it liked about customs on its side, the Border after Britain left would be a European trade border and all goods flowing across it would be subject to the European customs code on the Irish side.

Pickett pointed out that even if the UK was able to form a new customs union or free trade agreement with the European Union there would still have to be a trade Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic."

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