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Frank mentions:

The EU has agreed, in an attempt to avoid a "hard border" within Ireland, that the UK can remain withing the Customs Union for a transitional period until an agreed solution to avoiding such a border has been found.

My emphasis. The backstop retains that relationship indefinitely which can be said to result in BRINO or BINO (Brexit in Name Only). Both parties have stated a desire to avoid a "hard border" in Ireland, a nice form of words with litte useful meaning.

I have two questions, as someone of no political experience,

  1. Does anyone have any idea what that arrangement with the UK as a third country looks like that would not require "a border" unless UK has full CU and SM membership?

  2. In the event of "No Deal", how does the EU avoid Customs and other checks on the Irish Border on March 30th?

The Withdrawal Agreement (if accepted as is) kicks that "can" down the road and into BINO.
by oldremainmer48 on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 at 08:01:10 AM EST

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