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some other means will have to be found to deal with it - random, roving customs patrols; trusted trader schemes; checks at Irish air and sea ports etc.
That should be OK with the EU27, if it works for Ireland. After all, fudging a solution is a time honored tradition in the EU.
by Bernard on Tue Oct 23rd, 2018 at 01:32:49 PM EST
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Controls at air and sea ports can certainly prevent smuggling to the EU26, it's in the Irish Market where smuggled goods may be rife. Not too serious if it is merely some paperwork and tax evasion by private individuals and small businesses etc. and it should be possible to control the Tescos of this world with VAT style import duty collection and on site customs inspections. But we don't want "chlorinated chickens" here either.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2018 at 07:01:20 PM EST
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yet it's actually the foodstuffs and the regulations involved that is the sharp end of border situation.

Plus, I imagine that the EU26 may be minded to turn a blind eye if the trade across the border is a trickle. But if it begins to become in any way substantial then they may become much lesss amused.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2018 at 08:32:11 PM EST
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