Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Cyrille, what you write is largely correct, just somewhat hyperbolic. But it is a mistake to think that any of the parts will accept/request a transition deal on this basis. If the customs clearance staff is not in place there will be simple slower and less trade (or no trade at all).

Also, mind you that by activating Article 50 the UK is tacitly leaving the EU customs union, since only EU members can be part of it. Therefore, even if a EU-UK customs union ever comes to be, any country with a relevant border with the UK must be preparing already for an increase in border checks.

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 01:51:18 PM EST
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