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However I could see a real panic developing if a hard Brexit takes place and tariff and non-tariff barriers are set up particularly in high tariff industries like food. Some very rapid re-locations of some parts of UK businesses to Ireland and Irish Businesses to UK could be required to facilitate continues market access and reduced tariffs.
Unless the UK stays in the single market border controls are almost unavoidable. The UK is then a "third party country" and regulatory conformity is then only a necessary but not sufficient condition for imports to the EU.
Search "Veterinary border inspection posts". They are tasked to inspect "live animals" and "products of animal origin". For imports from third party countries that is the point of entry to the EU.
Ireland right now has three of them. Shannon airport, Dublin airport and Dublin harbour.
Ireland would need additional ones along the border to Northern Ireland.
And while obviously there are more in continental Europe (France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) they don´t have the size either to inspect British exports to the EU after Brexit.
Something that neither the British government nor the British farmers seem to realize.
And the EU can´t make an exception for the UK because if they do, they would have to relax inspections for WTO members too. WTO non-discrimination rules.
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