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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.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

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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