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"Statutes may be abrogated not only by a vote of the legislator, but also by desuetude with the tacit consent of all."
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
Even if they went through the motions of claiming they are going to implement border controls all sorts of bureaucratic and legal delays getting planning, environmental impact studies, and logistic/design studies completed will put everything on the long finger almost indefinitely.
The border will become a back channel of EU/UK trade avoiding tariffs/immigration controls and a smuggler's paradise. The authorities will go through the motions of some high profile customs "spot checks" and prosecutions to maintain the fiction that something real is being done and that we are technically in compliance with EU law. The Irish tradition of paying lip service and doing the opposite will be revived.
If the Brits want border controls, they will have to fund and build them. Ditto the EU. Irish attitudes to law enforcement can best be described at pragmatic and a branch of public relations. The idea that enforcement and compliance could approach Swiss/German levels of thoroughness and efficiency is laughable. Tacitly the authorities will admit that if disadvantaged border regions make a few bob from smuggling, shure what's the harm. Regional development by another name.
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That's some right crafty thinking right there. ;)
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