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The EU - quite reasonably - insists on customs controls for trade with third countries. So there has to be a customs border somewhere.

The UK isn't sure what it wants, or what day of the week it is, but in theory it also reserves the right to implement its own customs controls.

So both sides need controls to manage quotas and tariffs/taxes and to make sure regulatory requirements are being met for everything from animal imports to fruit and veg to car parts to electronics to fine art.

But... there can't be a hard border between NI and Ireland for political and historic reasons. Both the EU and UK have said they don't consider border checkpoints an acceptable outcome, and this solution treads perilously close to blowing up the Good Friday Agreement and restarting the Troubles.

There can't be customs checks by UK officials inside Ireland for political and historic reasons. The Irish government considers this option unacceptable.

There can't be a hard border between NI and the UK for political and historic reasons. Although it started implementing this option earlier in the year, the current British government seems to have decided this option is now unacceptable.

There must be a customs border somewhere. There cannot be a customs border anywhere.

Maybe Gibraltar?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 18th, 2020 at 07:26:30 PM EST
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