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Thanks for this extremely timely update.

As I said above, EU still has not published anything contradicting the EP briefing. The GFA is not a trade instrument conferring NI severability from the UK withdrawal agreement. It is a peace treaty. And thus EU affirmation of "special status" specifically promotes "open border"/CTA free movement of people (GFA provisions for IE-UK partisans' shared home rule notwithstanding &tc).

I am amused to see the EU emphasize in this document, it will not tolerate UK attempts to shift cost of customs controls, surveillance, and tariffs on to IE wherever UK proposes to establish ports.

Eurotrib debate about customs border location has been seductive but spurious, given EU long ago calculated the value and volume of IE-NI land trade and NI-UK "onward trade" by air or sea. I expect, we shall see EU further throttle UK enthusiasm for a "porous 512km" pipeline of mere doilies and dairy kegs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 7th, 2017 at 03:55:12 PM EST
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