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Having a customs border "down the Irish sea" merely means that existing checks at ports and airports for animal welfare, disease control and a number of other things are augmented by checks for compliance to Single Market standards and any tariffs which may apply.

As  a practical matter everyone recognises this is far simpler to do than to try to stop traffic at 300 official and unofficial border crossings along the 500k land border between Ireland and N. Ireland. In many instances the same road weaves across the border several times.

For the avoidance of doubt, this need have absolutely nothing to do with a "united Ireland" except in the fevered imaginations of paranoid loyalists and ideological imperialists many of whom wouldn't know "a technological solution" to customs controls if they met one despite the fact they continually claim this would solve the Irish land border problem...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 12th, 2019 at 11:44:31 AM EST
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