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You seem to have in mind the kind of border that used to exist between western Europe and the members of the old Warsaw pact. But here we are talking of a border only affecting the movement goods, not of people. This is pretty much what happens today in Switzerland. In a city like Basel one of the border posts is just a tramway station where shoppers must show their shopping bags and receipts when then return from Germany.

In the case of Ireland the problem is limited to the amount of staff required to set the necessary controls in place. But as you say, if needed by some of those road crossings can simply be closed.

I see it far more likely for the transition period  equating to a period of greatly impaired trade between NI and the Republic, than for any sort of implementation phase demanded by some in the UK.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 01:42:12 PM EST
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I've seen forms at a train station where passengers are expected to fill in declarations and submit them, without any controls. It's possible that the Swiss are sufficiently law-abiding that this works. But the British?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 01:46:21 PM EST
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Yep, and then people have to drive 20km further to get to the shops. Really popular idea that.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 03:02:55 PM EST
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Also, its not yet clear that it won't be an immigration border too. Tw
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 03:04:01 PM EST
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Did saint Theresa not make it clear that this was indeed the whole point?

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by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Aug 11th, 2017 at 05:56:51 PM EST
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So far no one has mentioned an end to the common travel area between Ireland and the UK.

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 07:15:51 AM EST
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How does that work if Luis is refused a visa for the U.K but then exercises his right to travel to IE?

  • Does IE refuse him? Can't.

  • Does U.K do immigration checks on suspiciously olive or Slavic people at NI/mainland U.K.  border? Politically problematic for unionists - though maybe their racism will get the better of them.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 01:42:54 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 16th, 2017 at 01:50:50 PM EST
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Frankly, I never thought of this. Is the common travel area dead then?

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by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Thu Aug 17th, 2017 at 09:14:05 AM EST
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Only if you travel Ryanair, in which case you may wish to be dead in any case...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 17th, 2017 at 09:41:13 AM EST
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